Computer-Integrated Technology for Robotic Surgery Laboratory
Medical robots have a significant potential to fundamentally change surgery and interventional medicine as part of a broader, information-intensive environment that exploits the complementary strengths of humans and computer-based technology. Robotic systems for surgery are computer-integrated systems (i.e., surgical CAD/CAM or surgical assistants) in which the robot/tool itself is just one element, i.e. the end-effector, of a larger system designed to assist (with a pre-programmed/semiautonomous, teleoperated or hands-on compliant control) a surgeon in carrying out a surgical procedure that may comprise preoperative planning, intraoperative registration to presurgical plans, use of a combination of robotic assist and manually controlled tools for carrying out the plan, and postoperative verification, analysis and follow-up.
Within this framework, the mission of the Computer-Integrated Technologies for Robotic Surgery Laboratory is the invention, prototyping and clinical validation of computer-integrated platforms and smart devices as means for effective, reliable and minimally invasive diagnosis and therapy.
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