"The future of surgery is not about blood and guts; the future of surgery is about bits and bytes.”
/Dr. Richard Satava/

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday fun

Scene from the "Carry on..." movie.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Medical Robotic Technologies Inc

 Medical Robotic Technologies is classical spin-off company of the Eindhoven University of Technology. They have been specialized on the commercialization of the amazing surgical robot prototypes coming out form the labs.
"MRT develops robotic technology for medical applications, starting from research results at the Control Systems Technology group (CST). Medical Robotic Technologies focuses on the cure sector, continuing development of CST‘s research projects in close cooperation with experts in the field. Application examples are reconstructive micro-surgery, vitreo-retinal eye surgery and minimally invasive surgery in the abdomen and thorax."

Notable examples include:
Check out some images here

Image credit: TU/e

Monday, October 13, 2014


One of the very early clinical trials of the Probot system, around 1991. Courtesy of B. Davies.

Friday, October 10, 2014

CIS news


Monday, October 6, 2014


Clearly seen: 15 years did not pass by unnoticed...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Categorization of NOTES and SILS instruments

A great article appeared from the ACMIT partner Delft Bio-Mech group on the systematic categorization of steerable tools. 
"Background - This review article provides a comprehensive overview and classification of the joint types used in the steerable tips of minimally invasive surgical instruments. The review was carried out with the objective to pinpoint the essence of the joints' fundamental mechanical design and to provide a qualitative comparison of their strengths and weaknesses with respect to a number of straightforward criteria. 
 Method of Approach - Besides researching the ASME scientific literature, the entire Espacenet patent database was searched using the keywords endo* or lapar* or surg* in title and steer* or articu* or deflect* in title or abstract. The extensive scope of the patent results was further limited to WO, US and EP patents only as well as to the period of the last decade, 2003-2013, with a few exceptions predating this period. Overall, more than 840 patents were reviewed and categorized on the basis of the joints' mechanical design and supplemented with the scientific papers. 
Results - A number of joint categories and subcategories were identified. At the fundamental level the joints can be differentiated as planar and spatial, where the spatial are further split as perpendicular mirrored and revolved. Based on the means of establishing rotational motion, the joint types can be discriminated as rolling, sliding, the combination of rolling and sliding, and bending. Lastly, the rolling and sliding categories can be further split with regard to the phenomenon or feature used for transferring the rotational motion, i.e. friction, teeth, belts, curved features and hinges.  
Conclusions - In general, the most favored joint types were identified as sliding hinged joints, sliding curved revolved joints and the bending joint category overall. Nevertheless, it was recognized that no single fundamental joint type can be considered as ideal and that novel and preferably more superior joint configurations can be generated by combining several fundamental categories together. 

Not so long before, another article appeared from the same group. Enjoy reading!