Monthly Archives: January 2018

Articles feature benefits of Cydar technology

Two great articles (linked below) are praising the use of Cydar in the operating room at Duke University. Some of the benefits of using Cydar technology as listed in the articles from the physician, Dr. Cynthia Shortell include:
• Shorter operating times
• Better accuracy
• Reduction in radiation exposure (patient and physician)
• Shorter hospital stay (benefits patients and hospitals)
• Less contrast agent used
• Much greater accuracy

Dr. Shortell and Cydar also envision wider applications of the cloud-based technology for any procedure that uses 3D imaging.

“We will use CYDAR imaging in our other hybrid OR for patients undergoing heart surgery. This technology can theoretically be used for any sort of procedure that is done in 3D, including treatments for cancer, so it doesn’t have to be limited to blood vessels.”

Photo: Dr. Kevin Southerland, General Surgery Chief Resident, inserts a stent graft using CYDAR imaging

Upcoming Conferences 2018

Cydar is delighted to announce that we will be attending and/or presenting at these conferences in 2018. This list will be updated as we add to it. If you will also be attending one of these conferences and would like to arrange a meeting with a member of our team in advance please email us on

HIMSS18 brings you the world-class education, cutting-edge products and solutions, and unique networking opportunities you need to solve your biggest health IT challenges – all at one time, all in one place.
March 5-9
Las Vegas, NV

International Symposium Charing Cross – The Charing Cross Symposium (CX), first took place in 1978 at Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith, London and has by now become the longest running vascular and endovascular symposium in Europe and one of the largest in the world.
April 24 – 27
London, UK

Precision Medicine World Conference 2018 Duke – The Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC), formerly known as the Personalized Medicine World Conference, is an independent and established conference that attracts recognized authorities and experts across healthcare and biotechnology sectors. The Conference – an outstanding forum to touch upon the different directions and aspects of precision medicine and attended by all the multi-disciplinary stakeholders – showcases practical content that helps close the knowledge gap by different sectors, thereby catalyzing cross-functional collaboration to further adoption of personalized medicine in the clinic.
September 24-25
Durham, NC

Meltdown and Spectre

Last week saw the public announcement of two serious vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre. These are serious flaws that exploit the behavior of the CPU rather than software, which makes them both very pervasive and difficult to address.

We have analyzed Cydar EV, including the cloud hosting platform on which it runs (Amazon Web Services), and we believe that Meltdown and Spectre will not compromise patient data or prevent correct operation, for the following reasons:

• We use dedicated instances in the Cydar Vault, meaning that personally identifiable information is never processed on a machine that may also be used by other Amazon customers. This is done explicitly to avoid the risk of information leaks via vulnerabilities such as Meltdown and Spectre.
• The particular virtualization technology we use on AWS — Xen HVM (Hardware Virtual Machine) — is not susceptible to hypervisor escape via Meltdown.
• Cydar EV does not download new code to run after initial deployment, meaning that the sandbox escape that Spectre enables does not present a risk.

We are, of course, actively monitoring the situation as it develops, and are applying OS patches and other mitigations as a precaution. As Cydar EV is purely cloud software, this can be done without disruption to customers, who can continue to use the system as normal.

Meltdown and Spectre are almost unprecedented in their breadth and severity. The ramifications will be felt for a long while, and the nature of the vulnerabilities mean that comprehensive fixes are a long way away. In the meantime, we’ll continue to strive to make Cydar EV secure by design to address both known and unknown threats, and actively monitor the security landscape so that we can react quickly when necessary. Running in the cloud gives us the agility we need to do that.