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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Hot Technology - April 2017

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4 2 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E A P R I L 2 0 1 7 Why develop an autonomous robot? Although a great deal of new technology has been introduced as surgery has evolved from open proce- dures, to minimally invasive approaches and to teleop- erated robots, complication rates haven't changed sig- nificantly. At the end of the day, surgeons operate sur- gical tools with different skill sets, experience and training. Our vision is to program a machine that pro- vides surgeons with access to the best surgical techniques. We want to make surgery safer by democratizing it. How does the technology work? We built a smart surgical robot that operates beyond the human visual spectrum and added a degree of artificial intelligence similar to the technology that operates dri- verless cars. Integrating near infrared florescent markers and 3D plenoptic vision gives the bedside platform an awareness of where target issue is located in relation to the robot's surgical tools. That's the novelty. Can robots really be trusted to perform delicate surgeries? Our platform recently performed surgeon-supervised eady for Autonomous Surgical Robots? R Peter C. Kim, MD Surgical innovator and developer of robotic surgery's next big thing.

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