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Supervised autonomous robotic soft tissue surgery

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Science Translational Medicine  04 May 2016:
Vol. 8, Issue 337, pp. 337ra64
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aad9398

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The operating room may someday be run by robots, with surgeons overseeing their moves. Shademan et al. designed a “Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot,” or STAR, which consists of tools for suturing as well as fluorescent and 3D imaging, force sensing, and submillimeter positioning. With all of these components, the authors were able to use STAR for soft tissue surgery—a difficult task for a robot given tissue deformity and mobility. Surgeons tested STAR against manual surgery, laparoscopy, and robot-assisted surgery for porcine intestinal anastomosis, and found that the supervised autonomous surgery offered by the STAR system was superior.

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