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Better Surgery With New Surgical Robot With Force Feedback
Sat - April 23, 2011 12:48 pm  |  Article Hits:4496  |  A+ | a-
Van den Bedem intends to market Sofie, the 'Surgeon's Operating Force-feedback Interface Eindhoven'. One of the distinctive properties of Sofie may be the 'force feedback', i.e. 'tactile feedback' in the joysticks with which the surgeon operates. This counter pressure enables a surgeon to feel exactly what force he applies when making a suture or pushing aside a bit of tissue. The finishing touch of this, the control of the force feedback, is being developed.

Moreover, Sofie is very compact and therefore less of a hurdle in the operating theater and above the patient. Its small dimensions provide an added bonus: Sofie's slave is not on the floor, but is installed on the operating table. This averts the necessity of resetting everything when the operating table and also the patient are moved or tilted. Further, Sofie assists you to approach an organ from different sides and can even operate 'around the corner'. Van den Bedem built the robot with the help of TU/e's technical department. The university has patented this know-how.

The researcher expects that it will definitely try taking some 5 years or so before Sofie can really be put on the market. Van den Bedem last week obtained her PhD degree at TU/e for any new type of surgical robot, Sofie. More specifically: she was awarded the title for the 'slave' of the robot, the robotic section performing the operation while dining. Van den Bedem built a prototype for this. The other components Sofie includes are a master, the surgeon's 'control panel', with driven joysticks

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