By Frank Tobe, Editor and Publisher, The Robot Report
|Catherine Mohr and her da Vinci Surgical System.|
I watched the video wherein Mohr pointed out that most of the new robotic-assisted surgical procedures - including those provided by her company's da Vinci Surgical System, are simply improved versions of surgeries that have long been done through open or laparoscopic access -- and that's not disruptive. She felt that new technologies are poised to profoundly disrupt the field of surgery... new methods to enable the body's own immune system to fight off problems, or new systems to enable doctors to implant medicines in just the right spot to fight a disease without corrupting other nearby organs.
|Aeon Scientific's magnetic catheter steering system.|
Nelson, who heads the team at the lab, is also a founder and member of the Board of Directors of Aeon Scientific. Aeon's magnetic catheter steering system is initially set up to support electrophysiologists during catheter ablation procedures for the treatment of arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation. It allows them to move the ablation catheter within the heart of the patient with magnetic fields. The improved control leads to better outcomes and reduced treatment costs.
|Note little rectangle in image of eye retina. That's what gets moved by magnetic steering device on left.|
This is exactly what Catherine Mohr was talking about: delivering medicine to the exact right spot so that it can safely do it's job.