Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Robot Assistant For Spinal Surgery

An Israeli company, Mazor Surgical Technologies, has a small robot, called SpineAssist, that improves precision for spinal surgery.

First, the doctor takes CT scans of the patient and loads them into the SpineAssist workstation. Special software converts the images into a 3D model of the patients spine.
The doctor plans the surgery on the workstation.

To begin surgery, just two x-ray shots of the subject's spine are taken to align the person with the 3D model in the robot's memory. The arm of the robot then knows its position on the patient and can position itself just right.

The robot arm guides the surgical tools and implants. The surgeon hits the right spot every time. No worry about accidentally cutting into other delicate stuff in the spinal cord.

Mazor Surgical Technologies


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