New robots may improve spine surgery accuracy: 4 things to know

Written by Mackenzie Garrity | January 10, 2019 | Print  |

At Nottingham Trent University in England, researchers developed a new robotic system to "semi-autonomously" operate on vertebrae, according to CNBC.

Four things to know:

1. The robotic spine surgery system is designed to drill holes in the vertebrae in order to place pedicle screws that are connected to deformity rod reducers.

2. With two robotic arms, the systems work together in unison during operations. One robot connects to a vertebrae and moves it to mimic the patient's natural movement. The second robot makes adjustments for the system to stay on its preplanning course

3. The researchers are also looking into augmented reality.

4. While there are no signs the technology will be used in the operating room soon, the university hopes with more research and tests a timetable will be developed.

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