Accuray Cyberknife

Industrial Design / Engineering / User Research
industrial design consultancy
Project Description
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 tumor location and body movement, and treating tumors from multiple angles. This three-dimensional dexterity allows the device to conform treatment to a tumor's exact shape, avoiding damage to healthy surrounding tissue. Speck Design was asked to refine the Cyberknife’s appearance and enhance the overall user experience.
Project Overview
We stepped away from the Cyberknife’s clinical setting, instead approaching the medical device as an architectural installation. We recommended enhancements to the room layout, creating a sense of safety and tranquility for patients. 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.
Project Approach
The Cyberknife conveys 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, without harsh red or white lights. Accuray has taken personalized cancer care to a new level. Already used by clinicians in global radiation oncology programs, the Cyberknife system offers expanded and individualized treatment options, 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 breast cancer patients, something that could previously not be done.
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