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

Friday, November 21, 2014

Updates on the ARTAS system

We have reported previously about the FDA clearance of the ARTAS robot, and now it announced in October,  "that it had sold its 100th system (at about US $200,000 each) and “harvested” its 10 millionth hair follicle. (At about 1200 to 1600 hair follicles per patient, that’s perhaps 7000 or so patients that have had the robotic surgery.)
And this month, news came out that the backers of Restoration Robotics, among them venture firms Sutter Hill, Clarus, and InterWest Partners, had just put a few more million dollars into the company, closing out a Series C round of $45 million, for a total investment to date of more than $70 million. (That’s $7 per hair if you’re counting.) img Image: Restoration Robotics ARTAS uses a high resolution image of the scalp to allow it to identify target follicles.  Restoration Robotics started in 2002, and its first-generation product received Food and Drug Administration clearance in 2011. This latest round of funding aims to bring a second-generation robot to market.

See the robot in use:

Source: IEEE Spectrum

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Robots at Medica2014

The annual MEDICA is the world‘s largest medical marketplace annually organized in Düsseldorf.  During the 4 days of exhibition, the nearly 5,000 exhibitors attracted around 130,000 visitors (from 120 foreign countries) who had a chance to benefit of their product innovations in health care. 
Unfortunately, there was not much robotics presented. Trumpf medical was the only one bringing a da Vinci, a neat Xi system, and also a fake Zeego was on exhibit. They are working on the smooth integration of robots and actuated OR tables. At most sites, de Vinci tools were used as demonstrators for advanced sterilization and packaging systems. Meele came out with the first device specific for Xi tools! AKTORmed presented its new generation laparoscope holder robot, and there were some gait-rehabilitation devices.



Friday, November 14, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014


A very interesting graph showing the superiority of the da Vinci regarding the number of complications. Comments are welcomed!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday fun

Want to see something beautiful? Check these out: NIKON's annual SMALL WORLD Photomicrography Competition TOP20.