Scene from the "Carry on..." movie.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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:
- Microsurgical Robot (MSR)
- EYE surgery robot
- Surgeon’s Operating Force-feedback Interface Eindhoven" (Sofie)
Image credit: TU/e
Monday, October 13, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
- NASA joins the Nebraska team for advancing their single port robot
- Corindus Vascular Robotics issued and sold 10.66 million shares in a private placement at $2.50 per share
- A nice long analysis from MPO of the surgical robotics market landscape
- Intuitive's Single-Site Wristed Needle Driver cleared by FDAQuestions about efficacy do not go away (neither on cost issues or incidents), yet the stock exchange reacts well to positive news
- Da Vinci related incidents reported to be 722 since 2005. Still no match for issues with open surgery.
- More about the Maxon motors in the da Vinci
- da Vinci Xi at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and at Abrazo Health's West Valley Hospital
- CUMC researchers found that robot-assisted procedures are more expensive: The median total cost for robot-assisted oophorectomy was $7,426, vs. conventional laparoscopic@$4,922. The median total cost for robot-assisted cystectomy was $7,444 vs. $4,133.
- New Simbionix US training module
- Structured Assessment of Robotic Microsurgical Skills (SARMS) released (Read more here.)
- Brain surgery with sound waves
- The future of surgery - as of a Medical Futurist
- Snake Robots Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts: "markets at $33.6 million in 2012 are anticipated to reach $2.3 billion by 2019"
- Surgical Robot Market to reach $19.96 billion by 2019
- TransEnterix receives 25M funding
- Catherine Mohr will be speaking at a special IEEE event this Tuesday in New York
- MEDICA is really on us!
- Catheter robot workshop at MEDICA (Nov. 13.)
- IPCAI, Barcelona, 24 June
Monday, October 6, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
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.
Keywords - minimally invasive surgery, steerable tip, mechanical joint, design, classification, review."
Not so long before, another article appeared from the same group. Enjoy reading!