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Features : Photonics/Optics
Optical Design Considerations and Performance-Critical Components for Ophthalmic Surgical Laser Systems

The application of femtosecond laser systems for eye surgeries has been a tremendous success story, not only driven by developments in new and improved laser sources, but also due to the continued development of optical systems to deliver the...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
High Flex Silicone Cables

Cicoil (Valencia, CA) offers highly flexible and durable flat silicone cables that are designed for use on surgical robotics systems. The cables are naturally more flexible than round PVC or stiffer flat PTFE cables, allowing for a tighter bend radius, weight/space savings, greater current carrying capacity, noise...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Green Wavelength Lasers

Power Technology (Little Rock, AR) has announced the availability of PNF Series green wavelength spectrum lasers suitable for surgical and X-ray alignment applications on dark or pigmented skin. Green lasers are more visible to the human eye against dark or pigmented skin than traditional red wavelength surgical lasers,...

Products : Medical
Battery-Powered Surgical Driver

The battery-powered Pro-Driver from Pro-Dex, Inc. (Irvine, CA) offers an alternative to time-consuming and arduous placement of screws and plates in a variety of surgical procedures, such as small bone, neuro, spine, and cranial maxillofacial. OEMs can increase sales of their implant system and help their...

News : Design
Open-Source Opens Doors for Surgical Robots

Raven II, a robotic surgery system developed at UC Santa Cruz and the University of Washington, is being shared on an open-source basis with five other universities. Researchers hope that this will enable users to share software, replicate experiments, and collaborate in other ways — and ultimately...

Global Innovations : Robotics, Automation & Control
Fast, High-Precision Eye-Surgery Robot
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Eindhoven, the Netherlands
www.tue.nl

A smart eye-surgery robot, developed at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands, allows eye surgeons to operate with increased ease and precision on the retina and the vitreous humor of...

Mission Accomplished : Robotics, Automation & Control
Open Surgical Simulation Platform Trains Trauma Surgeons and Surgical Residents

While surgeon and surgical educator Howard Champion was conducting research and training for improving U.S. military combat care, he noticed the need for the development of a simulation-based platform for training surgeons in open surgery. Hoping to address this...

Features : Medical
Envisioning the Future of Robots in Surgery, Drug Delivery, and Beyond

In October of 2010, the first all-robotic surgery reportedly took place at Montreal General Hospital in Montreal, Canada. Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci surgical robot worked in conjunction with the McSleepy anesthesia robot to perform a prostatectomy.

Briefs : Medical
Method of Reducing Stray Energy Burns in Laparoscopic Surgery

Any surgery brings with it risk, both to the patient and the surgeon. However, laparoscopic surgery sometimes brings an additional invisible risk: stray energy burns. Electrosurgical devices and laparoscopic instruments can suffer insulation failures and capacitive coupling,...

Features : Medical
Going the Distance: Surgical Robotics and Remote Medical Care in the Battlefield

Providing medical care from afar using robotic technology is a fascinating concept that could save more lives in the battlefield. The technology still has a way to go, but it is starting to make its way into reality. One thing researchers are discovering is that...

Mission Accomplished : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotics Offer Newfound Surgical Capabilities

Anyone who has ever worked on a car’s engine or tried to fix a sink knows the frustration of trying to perform precision work in a hard-to-reach place. Now imagine conducting repairs on the International Space Station while floating nearly 200 miles above Earth. To ease this frustration, NASA...

Products : Medical
CT X-Ray System

North Star Imaging (Rogers, MN) offers the ImagiX compact computed tomography (CT) X-ray system, designed for the scanning of small items sized from 0.02" to 6". It can also be used for digital X-ray inspection. The system features an array of 3D computed tomography reconstruction and evaluation capabilities with NSI’s efX-CT...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Surgical Robots Provide Helping “Hands” in the OR

As human beings become more comfortable sharing their space with robots, we can expect that robotic technologies will infiltrate even more aspects of our lives. For the past decade or so, robotic systems for surgery have been tested, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),...

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