Accuray developed the Cyberknife® M6™ Robotic Radiosurgery system, a non-invasive alternative to surgery for treating cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the prostate, breast, liver, pancreas, and kidney. The robotic radiosurgery system moves around the patient, tracking both tumor location and body movement, in order to treat tumors from multiple angles. This three-dimensional dexterity allows the device to conform its treatment to the exact shape of a given tumor, avoiding damage to healthy surrounding tissue. The product design engineers at Speck Design were asked to refine the Cyberknife’s appearance and enhance the overall user experience.
We stepped back from the Cyberknife’s clinical setting, instead approaching the medical device as an architectural installation. We helped enhance the room layout, seeking a feeling of safety and tranquility for patients who undergo treatment. This meant simplifying the mechanism down to a series of soft, organic, approachable forms, and concealing cables and previously-exposed mechanisms. The resulting user experience is refreshingly calm.
The Cyberknife exudes a sense of calm through the integration of colors rarely seen in hospitals or clinics. A willingness to put aside typical expectations of medical devices helped set this design project apart. Considered choices, such as the use of gentle green lighting to cue robot movement, meant that patients stay informed of the movement, without the use of red or white lights commonly used in medical environments.
Accuray has taken personalized cancer care to a new level. Already used by clinicians in radiation oncology programs worldwide, the Cyberknife system offers expanded and individualized treatment options to help address cases ranging from routine to complex, aiding more patients than ever before. Our panel and cable management designs allowed for a new robot orientation and an increased base height that enabled the robot to reach new parts of the body for treating patients with breast cancer, something that could previously not be done with the system.