KidsArm updates

"The next generation of surgical robotics at SickKids

  • KidsArm is being developed by the team at the Centre for Image-Guided Innovation & Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI) at SickKids. CIGITI’s vision is to bring together surgeons, engineers and software developers from universities and businesses to develop innovative technologies in robotic and minimally invasive surgery. CIGITI is divided into three research themes: imaging, robotics and simulation. (For more information, visit  
  • KidsArm will be the first robotic surgical arm in the world specifically designed for paediatric surgery. It will be capable of working in small and delicate spaces, under supervised image guidance.  It will offer enhanced dexterity and precision, resulting in time savings both in surgery and in treatment.
  • KidsArm will enable surgeons to quickly navigate to the treatment region, avoid dangerous structures such as blood vessels and quickly perform certain procedures.
  • It will be able to perform procedures such as anastomosis (suturing vessels, tissues, etc.) at a rate that is at least 10 times faster than a surgeon.
  • KidsArm is a tabletop surgical tool for minimally-invasive operations that will be operated by medical personnel using a pair of hand controllers.
  • KidsArm has a unique tip tool designed for automated movement under image guidance.
  • This image-guided, MRI-compatible robot aims to increase surgical efficiency, safety, accessibility and patient care through supervised image guidance, pre-operative planning, fused intra-operative imaging (MRI, ultrasound and endoscope) and dexterous tools.
  • Integrated imaging combines elements of magnetic resonance (MR), ultrasound and video to create a smarter 3D image for better real-time navigation.
  • KidsArm creates virtual reality-based models used in surgical planning and teaching.
The technology development and subsequent commercialization of KidsArm is expected to have broad and significant impacts to Ontario and to Canada by:
    • Creating intellectual property assets that can be licensed or used for start-up creation
    • Generating high-value manufacturing jobs
    • Producing health-care and research opportunities
    • Developing educational programs for a wide range of learners from high school students to medical staff
KidsArm is a new surgical platform that will be used across many paediatric surgical specialties, including cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, fetal surgery, urosurgery and general surgery."

The project is now looking for further funding opportunities. 

See our previous report here.


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