- Open source robotic surgery system in the works. (More of the RAVEN and here)
- The rise of robotics in the OR
- Some thoughts on the future of surgical robotics
- A nice generic article on surgical robot
- More details on the MAKO Stryker deal. Want ALL the numbers? Here.
- Intuitive sees fewer robot sales in 2014
- Optical shape sensing technology
- Intuitive buys into Luna's technology for $30m
- MIMIC releases Augmented Video Robotic Surgery Simulation Module
- Robot-assisted prostate surgery is associated with improved early cancer control, according to a new study
- Others reported advantages for hyterectomy
- A robot for cardiac PCI
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
To foster collaboration amongst European surgical robotics laboratories, research institutes and medical companies individually and on a larger scale between EU-funded consortia, a block review meeting will be organized in Leuven, Belgium in the week from 24 to 28 March; participating consortia are: microRALP - STIFF-FLOP and CASCADE. Simultaneously this even will be used to show-case the current state of European Surgical Robotic efforts towards the general public during the European Surgical Robotics Demonstration Day which is open to the general public. Given the limited availability registration is mandatory and can be done here (participants to review meeting register through the review registration site).
In conjunction with the review, the European Surgical Robotics Demonstration Day will also take place at KU Leuven. Check the:
offered by L-MTC. Note that the number of participants is limited to 150. Participants to the block review meeting should register here.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Vinci Research Kit community some time ago.
"There is a Wiki for users of the Research Kit for the da Vinci . The Research Kit is a collection of first-generation da Vinci components that can be used to assemble a research platform for exploring telerobotics in medicine. The Kit contains the following components:
- Two da Vinci Master Tool Manipulators (MTMs)
- Two da Vinci Patient Side Manipulators (PSMs)
- A stereo viewer
- A foot pedal tray
- Manipulator Interface Boards (dMIBs)
- Basic accessory kit"
Groups in good standing can also apply for technology grants.
May 2013, the Hopkins folks released the first public version of the da Vinci Research Kit controller, in collaboration with Intuitive and WPI.
"The sawIntuitiveResearchKit folder provides several example applications for controlling the Research Kit for da Vinci System using the IEEE-1394 (Firewire) controller. The picture above shows two Controllers connected to two da Vinci Patient Side Manipulators (PSMs) at different sites.
The applications contain graphical user interfaces written in Qt, and make use of the following SAW Qt components:
- mtsRobotIO1394QtWidget (sawRobotIO1394 folder)
- mtsPIDQtWidget (sawControllers folder)
- mtsTeleoperationQtWidget (sawControllers folder)
The components are cross-platform, except for mtsRobotIO1394, which relies on a low-level IEEE-1394 interface library (libraw1394) that is primarily available on Linux. Thus, the build instructions focus on Linux. For setting up the Firewire interface on Linux, see this page.
A ROS interface is available via mtsROSBridge (sawROS folder)."
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
University of Nebraska has long been focusing on the development of surgical robots. Most well-known are the in-vivo devices from Oleynikov et al.
MEet some of the great projects form Dr Nelson's Applied Mechanisms & Design Lab:
- "Steerable Natural Orifice Material Delivery System
Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is a surgical technique that eliminates all external incisions. Surgical robots are inserted through a natural orifice to access the insufflated abdominal cavity. This natural orifice material delivery system will aid miniature in-vivo robots by providing them with materials, tools, light, irrigation and suction, as well as remove excised tissue. The system will also provide surgeons with another video angle of the activities taking place in the abdomen. Ongoing work involves friction reduction, cross section reduction and material grip development.
(With D. Oleynikov - UNMC, S. Farritor - UNL; support from DOD-TATRC)
- Automated Conductivity Examination of Biomedical Polymers
Certain biomaterials, when subjected to mechanical forces, may exhibit changes in their electrical conductivity. The electrical conductivity can also vary locally within the specimens. Understanding variation of conductivity due to mechanical stimulations is important for biomaterials of this type in various applications. The objective is to design a robotic or automated system that is able to measure conductivity of polymeric specimens while being placed under mechanical loading.
(With Jean-Marc Saiter - Université de Rouen, France)
- CoBRASurge – Compact Beveled-geared Robot for Advanced Surgery
The Compact Bevel-geared Robot for Advanced Surgery (CoBRASurge) was created to replace current robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery (MIS) devices which occupy a relatively large amount of space in operating rooms. This novel approach effectively incorporates: three degrees of rotational freedom, one degree of translational freedom, a fixed center of rotation, an optimized kinematic telesurgery workspace, and haptic feedback options. Ongoing work involves increasing gear transmission accuracy, improvements to the driving assembly for the translational DOF, decreased volume and weight, and a new mounting system between the robot and surgery table. Multi-robot cooperation is also being investigated.
(With D. Oleynikov - UNMC)"