As is common with many engineering challenges, it is necessary to resolve two competing requirements at the same time.
Requirement 1: The ARTAS® Procedure is designed to be comfortable for the patient. The patient can be awake, possibly watching a movie or they could be asleep during the procedure. In either case, the patient will make small movements that interfere the dissection process.
Requirement 2: The ARTAS® System is designed to be fast and efficient so that the dissection process is completed quickly and at a level of accuracy that is measured in microns.
In this video, we open up the hood and look at the technologies that make it possible to meet both requirements in a way that is seamless for the user.
The ARTAS® System integrates many technologies. In the case of the force drag feature, the clever integration of an industrial robot and a force/torque sensor turns a traditionally complex task into a very simple one.