By: 28 July 2016
Auris gathers attention after FDA approves robotic system

Within the next 10 years, scientists believe computer–assisted surgery will be a popular and standard feature in many operation rooms and critical extension of modern medical professionals, say research analysts at Allied Market Research (AMR). Researchers eyeing the growth, demand, size, and share of the “Medical Robotics and Computer – Assisted Surgery Market” explain that areas such as Silicon Valley ranks among the most active region in the United States for medical robotics.

Operating under the radar, self-funded Silicon Valley company Auris Surgical Robotics was established by a robotic surgeon (veterinary), Frederic Moll. The company recently made headlines after it received a clearance from the Food and Drug Association for an advanced robotic endoscopy device, which can be used by veterinaries as a surgical or diagnostic equipment. A milestone in the medical robotics and computer–assisted surgery market, the invention is yet to be officially unveiled.

The patent application that was published in 2015 describes the company’s 3-D coordination system for medical robots. The system consists of a ‘geo-fence’ that helps surgeons prevent any accidental injuries from the inside. Auris had also filed a patent for tools such as needles, lasers, scalpels, forceps and graspers, that potentially enables medical professionals to perform everything from gastric repairs, treating tumours to performing biopsies. Moll is confident that once his equipment is launched, surgeons would try identifying new ways to make the best use of it.

The FDA has approved the system, dubbed Auris Robotic Endoscopy System, as an advanced bronchoscope that aids in both visualising and treating several lung conditions. The traditional endoscopes available in the market are controlled manually by manipulating the dials. Some procedures also require the medical professionals to perform surgeries in a contorted position, as well as guiding the device often involves a highly complex computed tomography scans. Robotic endoscopy by Auris keeps surgeons out of strong radiation. Besides this, the device can add more accuracy and repeatedly get the different tools where they should be to maintain a healthy ergonomics for the medical professionals.

Though the controversy over robotic surgery still haunts many medical professionals, popularity of medical robotics and computer–assisted surgery market has attracted many new startups such as Auris.

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