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

Sunday, June 26, 2011

LEGO in surgical robotics

LEGO is a universal toy, form of art and research tool as well! Even in surgical robotics you can find great use cases. 
Take this complete tutorial from Harvard, for image-guided LEGO therapy with Slicer3D, or the LEGO surgery competition at Hopkins in 2003 (also featured at NIH).Recently another robotic needle insertion project was initiated at Hopkins for high-school students.

Picture source: http://seankenney.com/. Must be Accuray's Cyberknife at a trade show.
If you know of further LEGO surgrob projects, put them into the comments.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

CIS news

A little da Vinci madness from Seattle at the end:

Picture credit: Mazor

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Using Robots to Train the Surgeons of Tomorrow

A nice series of artricle has started in IEEE Spectrum's Automation blog on sugrical robotics. The first issue is from Carol and Dr. Hager on various Hopkins projects. Happy reading!

Picture credit: Kelleher Guerin

Thursday, June 9, 2011

ROSA--surgical assistance robot

There is a new robot on the market, built along an old concept: assistance with needle guidance.  ROSA is created by MedTech, a French company that created the BRIGIT robot previously (commerzialized and sold to ). The CEO being Bertin Nahum, experienced at Computer Motion, ISS and IMMI, supported by some people from the LIRMM lab in Montpellier.

If you have more information, please comment!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Introduction to Surgical Robotics (HUN)

I was honored to be the guest speaker of the Budavár Rotary Club last week meeting. My presentation ("March of the robots, the first 25 years of surgical robotics") was very well received, so now I'm making it available here for the Hungarian-speaking community (to be).