We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. To learn more, click here. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies. Cookie Policy.

Features Partner Sites Information LinkXpress
Sign In
Advertise with Us

Download Mobile App


ATTENTION: Due to the COVID-19 PANDEMIC, many events are being rescheduled for a later date, converted into virtual venues, or altogether cancelled. Please check with the event organizer or website prior to planning for any forthcoming event.

Mini-Robot System Augments Laparoscopic Procedures

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 06 Jan 2022
Print article
Image: The MIRA Companion Cart, mini-robot, and Surgeon Cart (Photo courtesy of Virtual Incision)
Image: The MIRA Companion Cart, mini-robot, and Surgeon Cart (Photo courtesy of Virtual Incision)
A miniature surgical robot enables complex multi-quadrant abdominal surgeries using existing minimally invasive tools and techniques familiar to surgeons.

The Virtual Incision (Lincoln, NB, USA) MIRA platform is a small, self-contained surgical device that is inserted through a single midline umbilical incision in the patient’s abdomen. Two miniaturized arms with six degrees of freedom (including an open/close function of the tool) are triangulated with the system camera, which provides visual feedback to the surgeon console in Full HD (1080p / 60 Hz). The Camera also features an auto-track function so as to keep the working space in the field of view.

The Surgeon Console includes a large monitor showing the real-time video feed from the Camera, hand controllers, pedals, and an interactive touchscreen. Motion is controlled by left- and right-hand input devices that interface with the surgeon’s hands. The hand input devices include sensors to detect the presence of the user and provide haptic feedback to indicate workspace boundaries. It is also equipped with four foot pedals to control clutching, camera movements, and bipolar and monopolar electrocautery.

A wheeled Companion Cart contains system support equipment, and is also used as a staging area to set up the MIRA platform. It also holds the Interface Pod, which manages the system connections and the Camera. The electrosurgical unit is also housed on the Companion Cart. The entire system does not require a dedicated operating room or specialized infrastructure, and due to its small size, it can offer a cost-effective and accessible option for laparoscopic surgery.

“Because of its clear benefits for patients, the demand for robotically assisted surgery continues to increase, though challenges still inhibit broader adoption,” said John Murphy, president and CEO of Virtual Incision. “MIRA is intended to overcome these limitations, with a simple and cost-effective solution that offers the potential to bring minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to many more patients.”

MIRA is designed primarily for colon resection procedures in patients with diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer, and other diseases. Because of the complicated nature of these procedures, existing robotically assisted surgical devices are rarely used, and manual laparoscopic approaches are only used in one-third of cases due to their difficulty and complexity.

Related Links:
Virtual Incision

Print article
IIR Middle East


Critical Care

view channel
Image: Size comparison of the new mTP laser array (Photo courtesy of Rockley)

New Chip Technology Paves Way for Tiny Wearable Devices to Detect and Measure Biomarkers

Scientists have developed what is believed to be the world’s first micro-transfer-printed (mTP) silicon-photonics-based laser for commercial applications. This groundbreaking achievement by Rockley Photonics... Read more

Patient Care

view channel
Image: The biomolecular film can be picked up with tweezers and placed onto a wound (Photo courtesy of TUM)

Biomolecular Wound Healing Film Adheres to Sensitive Tissue and Releases Active Ingredients

Conventional bandages may be very effective for treating smaller skin abrasions, but things get more difficult when it comes to soft-tissue injuries such as on the tongue or on sensitive surfaces like... Read more

Health IT

view channel
Image: Using digital data can improve health outcomes (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Electronic Health Records May Be Key to Improving Patient Care, Study Finds

When a patient gets transferred from a hospital to a nearby specialist or rehabilitation facility, it is often difficult for personnel at the new facility to access the patient’s electronic health records... Read more
Copyright © 2000-2022 Globetech Media. All rights reserved.