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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Quiz #9 cont'd

OK, since we did not get many correct answers for our #9 quiz, so here is another image of the same robot.

Friday, August 15, 2014

KUKA Medical Robotics

A little bit of KUKA medical robotics. They are supporting integrated applications, such as SIEMENS ZeegoCyberKnife, and also providing the basic robotic hardware for integrated projects, such as the EU FP7 ACTIVE. The currently available LBR iiwa is considered to be a universal, accurate and compliant linear arm, which is safe for human co-working. KUKA wishes to see numerous medical applications arising. 
Learn more about the LBR arm:


Monday, August 11, 2014

The first da Vinci surgical robot arrived to Hungary

Press release: 
"The recently opened Antal Bejczy Center for Intelligent Robotics at Óbuda University hosts the very first da Vinci SurgicalSystem in Hungary. This high-end US medical technology is used at over 3000 locations globally for various minimally invasive surgical procedures, however it has only been visiting Hungary for demonstration eventsbefore. This da Vinci Classic had been used at the AKH General Hospital in Vienna, and from now on, it serves as a research system at Óbuda University. Professor Imre Rudas, the director of University Research and Innovation Center explained: “This donation further strengthens our outstanding robot infrastructure, extends our research portfolio, and enables our students to experiment on cutting-edge technology in the field of medical robotics.” The Intelligent Robotics Center—which coordinates the newly founded Central European Living Lab for Intelligent Robotics consortium (CELLI)—received a special invitation form the Californian manufacturer to take part in the da Vinci Research Program.  “We became one of the seventeen institutions in the world having access to the da Vinci research interface. This opens new horizon in our R&D projects in teleoperation control, remote telesurgery and surgical skill assessment. We are proud to be one of the only four European centers in this elite club.”—added Dr. Tamás Haidegger, deputy director of the Center. 
The first generation da Vinci appeared on the market in 2000, revolutionizing Minimally Invasive Surgery procedures. Due to its $1.5 million price, the system has not been installed in Hungary before." 

The lab is grateful for the generous support of Intuitive Surgical Inc.

Friday, August 8, 2014


 At last! The arrival of the very first da Vinci system to Hungary, at Óbuda University. Stay tuned for more. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A tribute to Raven

A nice article appeared yesterday in IEEE EMBS' Pulse magazine about the Raven robot.

"RAVEN is a third generation surgical robotics research platform, originally developed with DOD funding to demonstrate a lightweight field deployable surgical robot that could be teleoperated by surgeons remote from the battlefield. RAVEN’s genesis was in a decade of research at the University of Washington aimed at the application of mathematical modeling and technology to surgery. A series of experiments were designed to teach a computer model to recognize the motions of expert laparoscopic surgeons. Such a software system can be used in surgical training to recognize levels of surgical proficiency. Tools for minimally invasive surgery (MIS) were modified to incorporate a range of measurement instruments. Then these tools, along with systems including Blue and Red Dragon, were used to record a stream of dynamic and kinematic data from cadaver and animal surgeries. These data were then encapsulated in multi-state statistical model, using a Hidden Markov Model (HMM) approach. HMMs are used frequently in speech recognition software. In this case the software was used to recognize the “language of surgery” with a vocabulary and grammar of its own."
Read more of the story here. Also, read our previous posts on the Raven: here, here, here and here.