Telepresence Surgery and Medical Automation Robots

SRI’s novel approach to minimally invasive surgery led to the first FDA-approved telerobotic surgery system. Telepresence surgical system allows surgeon to remotely minimally invasive surgical procedures from a separately located operating theater. Throughout the US, Europe and Asia, surgeons use the technology to help patient recover faster, with less pain and fewer complications. Trauma Pod battle field medical treatment system program is working to bring this technology to the battle field to help soldier’s lives.

Telepresence surgery offers unique benefits because it provides the right feedback and immersive environment to allow for the surgeon to effectively use tools in natural way the same or even better – dexterity than possible when operating directly.

To develop a futuristic battlefield based, unmanned medical treatment system dubbed the “Trauma Pod”. This system could stabilize injured soldiers within minutes of a trauma and administer life-saving medical and surgical care prior to evacuation and during transport. Related developments are underway: dexterous robotic tools to improve patient outcomes and enable new procedures through development of nimble, smaller endoscopic tools; additional automation tools for the operating room; and remote delivery of trauma care. M7 surgical robot conducted the first ever acceleration compensated medical procedure in zero-gravity flight for NASA.

The M17 was also the list surgical robot to be successfully deployed to an undersea habitat simulating the rigors of outer space in NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operation (NEEMO), demonstrating remote surgery over 1,200 miles of public internet. The M7 demonstrated the first autonomous ultrasound guided medical procedure in the same undersea laboratory.

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