Plain English Summary
Background and study aims
For some types of keyhole surgery and procedures, it is not possible to use camera technology and X-rays are used for guidance instead. While X-rays are good at showing the position of bones and surgical instruments, they do not show soft tissues well and they produce flat (2D) pictures. On the other hand, CT scans show soft tissues and can produce solid (3D) images but they are not very good for guiding procedures because of the amount of radiation. This study is testing a new technology that uses high-powered computing to match the X-ray pictures (that doctor will use to guide an operation) to an earlier CT scan. Accurate matching of the X-rays to the CT scan means that the doctor can see 3D images of parts of the body that can’t otherwise be seen with just X-rays. This study tests a new technology that will help doctors see more clearly during X-ray guided surgery. It is hoped that this will reduce the amount of X-rays needed during surgery and lead to better outcomes for patients in future.
Who can participate?
Patients aged 18 or over who are booked for an X-ray guided intervention in an anatomic zone covered by the technology
What does the study involve?
The doctors performing the procedures use the new 3D guidance technique in addition to the standard X-ray technique. The accuracy and reliability of the new technology is analysed to check if it is safe and performs as expected. The amount of X-ray (radiation) exposure, the length of operation and the dose of iodinated contrast (a potentially harmful substance widely used to help these procedures) are recorded.
What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The doctor may be able to see the anatomy inside the body a bit more clearly, and participants may have a quicker operation or procedure and be exposed to fewer potentially harmful X-rays. It is possible that the 3D overlay system may disagree with the standard X-ray technique and a double-check of position is needed, in which case participants may be exposed to more X-rays than normal.
Where is the study run from?
St Thomas's Hospital (UK)
When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
November 2014 to March 2015
Who is funding the study?
Cydar Limited and Technology Strategy Board (UK)
Who is the main contact?
Mr Tom Carrell
Cloud high-performance computing for 3D overlay in X-ray guided surgery: an observational case-controlled study
CT scans are a common diagnostic test that contain 3D information and show soft tissues, but they are not useful for live guidance due to high radiation dose. Instead, low-dose X-ray videofluoroscopy guidance is used to guide many types of keyhole surgery. But while X-rays are good at showing bones and the position of surgical instruments, they do not show soft tissues well and they produce flat (2D) images that superimpose all the 3D anatomical features. One way to improve clinicians’ perception of 3D anatomy and soft tissue is to accurately overlay selected information from a preoperative CT scan onto the live X-ray image, creating a ‘3D roadmap’. The research team from King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust have developed an automated 3D roadmap software technology for use in X-ray guided keyhole surgical procedures. This has been tested and validated in more than 130 operations over the last 5 years (IRAS 09/H/0707/64). The technology uses software algorithms to detect anatomical information present in live X-ray images and match ('register') them to the preoperative CT scan in order to determine the patient’s exact position. This match then allows 3D information from the preoperative CT scn to be overlaid on the live X-ray. The system requires high computing power to work quickly. Cydar Ltd is a spinout company from King's College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, taking this technology and building a prototype system, Cydar RTRS1.0, that uses the power of cloud high-performance computing to deliver a fast, clinically useful system. The next step in the development of this technology is to test the RTRS1.0 cloud high-performance computing prototype to test the safety, performance, usability and clinical benefit with a view to finalising system design and regulatory approval.
14/EE/1143; First MREC approval date 10/10/2014
Non-randomised; Observational; Design type: Case-controlled study
Primary study design
Secondary study design
Patient information sheet
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Topic: Surgery; Subtopic: Surgery; Disease: All Surgery
Automated 3D overlay. Software will generate overlays of 3D anatomy from a pre-operative CT scan, registered to intraoperative XR fluoroscopy images with the intent of enhancing the interventional clinicians' perception of 3D anatomy.
Primary outcome measure
Accuracy and robustness; Timepoint(s): Real-time acquisition of image registration data during X-ray guided procedure for analysis
Secondary outcome measures
Measured once during the X-ray guided intervention:
1. Procedure time
2. Radiation dose
3. Iodinated contrast dose
Overall trial start date
Overall trial end date
Reason abandoned (if study stopped)
Participant inclusion criteria
1. Willing and able to give informed consent
2. Aged 18 or over
3. Booked for an X-ray guided intervention in an anatomic zone covered by the technology (currently paravertebral: e.g. aortoiliac, spinal, retroperitoneal, pelvic)
4. Have had a preoperative CT scan
5. Able (in the investigator's opinion) and willing to comply with the study requirements
Target number of participants
Planned Sample Size: 300; UK Sample Size: 300; Description: comprised of 60 patients estimated per 5 sites
Participant exclusion criteria
1. Female participants who are pregnant or planning pregnancy during the course of the study
2. Any other significant disease or disorder which, in the opinion of the Investigator, may either put the participants at risk because of participation in the study, or may influence the result of the study, or the participant’s ability to participate in the study
3. Participants who have participated in another research study involving an investigational product in the past 12 weeks
Recruitment start date
Recruitment end date
Countries of recruitment
Trial participating centre
St Thomas's Hospital
249 Westminster Bridge Road
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
c/o Balathas Thirugnanabalan
Great Maze Pond
+44 (0)207 188 7188
Cydar Limited (UK)
Funding Body Type
Funding Body Subtype
Technology Strategy Board
Funding Body Type
private sector organisation
Funding Body Subtype
Results and Publications
Publication and dissemination plan
The results have been presented at international meetings (VEITH 2016, ICI 2017) but have not otherwise been published.
IPD sharing statement
Electronic imaging data from CT scans and X-ray fluoroscopy are stored in the Cydar Vault, an ISO27001 certified data repository, as pseudonymised files. Patient identifier keys for the pseudonyms are stored in a separate Cydar Vault container. Consent from all 109 participants was obtained. Personal Health Information is not processed by Cydar.
Intention to publish date
Participant level data
Stored in repository
Basic results (scientific)