Video • Intelligent surgical unit

Advancing robotic surgery with machine vision capabilities

TransEnterix, Inc., a medical device company that is digitizing the interface between the surgeon and the patient to improve minimally invasive surgery, announced that Hackensack Meridian Health Pascack Valley Medical Center, a hospital in New Jersey, successfully completed its first surgical procedures using the Intelligent Surgical Unit (ISU).

The technology previously received FDA clearance, and currently enables machine vision capabilities on the Senhance Surgical System. The patients were treated by Dr. Amit Trivedi, Chair of Surgery at Hackensack Meridian Health Pascack Valley Medical Center, and his team in multiple general surgery procedures.

“Augmented intelligence technologies, including machine vision and machine learning, will play an increasingly significant role in surgery. These technologies process the image and apply intelligence to extend the surgeon’s ability to utilize information from the surgical field of view. We are excited to be at the forefront of the innovation curve by developing these technologies for surgeons and patients,” said Anthony Fernando, TransEnterix President and CEO. “The introduction of machine vision capabilities represents an important step in our goal to reduce variability in surgery and improve surgical outcomes by supporting surgeon decision making and reducing cognitive fatigue.”

The system can easily recognize and track different robotic or manual instruments to move the camera efficiently

Amit Trivedi

The Intelligent Surgical Unit adds augmented intelligence to the Senhance Surgical System. Currently, the ISU enables machine vision driven control of the camera which allows the system to recognize certain objects and locations in the surgical field, and provides seamless sharing of the surgeon console’s view across all members of the operating room in real-time, all the while allowing the surgeon to maintain full control. These initial capabilities are foundational to planned future augmented intelligence features such as scene cognition and surgical image analytics that are expected to further enhance the digital laparoscopic experience with Senhance. The ISU is compatible with the global installed base of Senhance Surgical Systems and with third-party vision systems that are currently supported by Senhance.

“The Intelligent Surgical Unit provides me with capabilities that I’ve never before experienced in performing laparoscopic or robotic surgery. The system can easily recognize and track different robotic or manual instruments to move the camera efficiently. These capabilities make controlling visualization in complex surgery simpler and more efficient,” said Dr. Amit Trivedi. “In addition, the ISU enabled my surgical team to see and experience what I was seeing on the surgeon console so they could proactively assist me and play an active role in the Digital Laparoscopic experience. I believe the ISU will add new benefits to what we can do in surgery, and is the start of an era where augmented intelligence can be integrated in real-time during an operation to benefit the surgeon and the patient.” 

Source: TransEnterix


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