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

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

CIS tutorial ICABB - update

As broadcasted earlier, we are organizing a Tutorial at the fast approaching ICABB conference. Participation is included in the general conference registration, so everybody is welcome! Additional information can be found on the tutorial's website.
ScheduleThursday, 14.10.2010

Gabor Fichtinger, PhD

Gernot Kronreif, PhD

Tamas Haidegger


Franjo Pernuš, PhD   
Wolfgang Birkfellner, PhD  
Lena Maier-Hein, PhD

Questions & Discussion

Introduction to interventional robotics, robot-assisted prostate cancer treatment

Surgical robotic systems—abdominal needle placement

Medical robot systems’ accuracy, safety and validation

3D/2D image registration the enabling technology for image-guided interventions

Motion tracking in radio-oncology

Computer-assisted laparoscopic surgery: challenges, perspectives & limitations

Monday, September 27, 2010

Dr. Taylor awarded at MICCAI

"Professor Russell H. Taylor has been awarded the 2010 MICCAI Society Enduring Impact Award by the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Society at the 2010 MICCAI conference in Beijing, China.  One of these highly prestigious awards is given annually in recognition of the awardee's
research leadership in the field of medical robotics.
 Russ, a JHU engineering alumnus, was one of the founding members of the MICCAI Society, and was elevated to the rank of MICCAI Fellow in 2009.  Russ is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He was awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000 and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Pioneer Award in 2008.
  Russell Taylor is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Whiting School of Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, with joint appointments in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and, at the JHU School of Medicine, the Departments of Radiology and Surgery. He is the founder and director of JHU's Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology."
Personally, I admire Dr. Taylor a lot for his visionary thinking, and learnt a lot from him while being in his lab. Congratulations!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

3rd Annual Image-Guided Therapy Workshop

Sponsored by the National Center for Image-Guided Therapy (NCIGT) and the National Institute of Health (NIH), an IGT workshop was held in Arlington, in March, focusing on Multimodal Imaging in the Operating Room. The goal was to learn about state of the art and future trends in operating suites that use more than one imaging modality, and to serve more than one clinical specialty.  The program included several renown speakers, and the good news is that some of the presentations and posters are available on the workshop's website
Happy reading!

Monday, September 13, 2010

EMBC beyond

Among the 1500+ presentations at IEEE EMBC2010, there were many focusing on surgical robotics. Here is a selection of them by keyword.
And of course a lot more about therapeutic and rehabilitation robotics, human-robot interaction and assistance robots. You can brows the full program here.

Monday, September 6, 2010

MAZOR SpineAssist got FDA approval

The SpineAssist bone-mounted robot of Mazor Surgical Technologies Ltd. got FDA approval in 2008, and now it has been approved to be used together with the C-Insight imaging system.

"The SpineAssist system enables surgeons to accurately place implants with reduced radiation exposure during surgery.
The system consists of a miniature device that mounts above the patient’s spine, and a workstation running advanced surgical planning software.
A wide range of spinal surgeries require the placement of implants, such as spinal fusion, kyphoplasty and translaminar facet fixation.
Accurate implant placement is required as implants are placed close to the spinal cord, branching nerve roots, and major blood vessels. In addition, accurate placement will ensure the highest probability of surgical success.
Today, implant placement is mostly accomplished through freehand techniques, and depending on the technique and/or complexity of the case, may require a large number of fluoroscopic (x-ray) images to ensure accuracy of placement.
SpineAssist’s software allows surgeons to perform 3D, CT- based preoperative planning on a personal computer at their own convenience prior to surgery."

More info on the system: here and videos.
Source: MedGadget

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

EMBC minisymposium

I was happy to sign up for the minisymposium held at this year’s EMBC conference on Surgical Robotics--Image-Guided Robotized Surgery, officially organized by Philippe Poignet and colleagues from Montpellier LIRMM.
The program included the following talks:
The previous day I took some lectures on medical technology from well experienced veterans at the "Practical lessons learned from medical devices and systems development" workshop. Some quotable quotes from Dr. Kroll (recipient of this year's EMBS Professional career award):
  • “In medical device development, drugs are your real competitors.”
  • “To get lucrative, develop health care solutions for mid-aged men, they are the business angels.”
  • “Death is the cheapest cure.”
  • “Minor surgery is when your friend is having an operation.”
  • “The golden rule: he who has the gold, makes the rules!”
  • “By the time your product is perfect, it’s obsolete.”
/Dr. Mark Kroll/
  • “In medical device industry do not guess! The price for being wrong is high.”
/Dr. Xuan Kong/