Current Capabilities and Development Potential in Surgical Robotics

International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. 2015;12 DOI 10.5772/60133


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Journal Title: International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems

ISSN: 1729-8814 (Online)

Publisher: SAGE Publishing

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering: Electronics | Science: Mathematics: Instruments and machines: Electronic computers. Computer science

Country of publisher: United Kingdom

Language of fulltext: English

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Mathias Hoeckelmann ( DFKI GmbH, Robotics Innovation Center (RIC), Bremen, Germany)

Imre J. Rudas ( Antal Bejczy Center for Intelligent Robotics Obuda University, Hungary)

Paolo Fiorini ( Department of Informatics, University of Verona, Italy)

Frank Kirchner ( Robotics Group, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany)

Tamas Haidegger ( Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology (ACMIT), Austria)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 15 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Commercial surgical robots have been in clinical use since the mid-1990s, supporting surgeons in various tasks. In the past decades, many systems emerged as research platforms, and a few entered the global market. This paper summarizes the currently available surgical systems and research directions in the broader field of surgical robotics. The widely deployed teleoperated manipulators aim to enhance human cognitive and physical skills and provide smart tools for surgeons, while image-guided robotics focus on surpassing human limitations by introducing automated targeting and treatment delivery methods. Both concepts are discussed based on prototypes and commercial systems. Through concrete examples the possible future development paths of surgical robots are illustrated. While research efforts are taking different approaches to improve the capacity of such systems, the aim of this survey is to assess their maturity from the commercialization point of view.