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Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Message Board

  • unclelarry66 unclelarry66 Mar 4, 2013 10:30 AM Flag

    Tactile response

    A couple of reports mentioned a lack of tactile response from the surgical site to the surgeon's fingers. From what I have been reading at the web site the surgeon can "feel" what he is doing or is this from the SI version and later?

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    • andersongordon Mar 4, 2013 10:53 AM Flag

      ISRG has been working on Tactile response for years. It is part of their "Skunkworks" research, but had not been incorporated in any of their current machines. I expect it to be part of their next generation machine or possibly two generations from now. I believe the approach they are taking is to incorporate piezielectric sensors in their instruments that would send a signal to the computer and through creating drag in the movement of the surgeons console hand and finger movements based on the magnitude of the piezielectric signals a tactile (sense of tissue density) would be realized.

      Its really amazing this concept and could add significant potential value to the surgical experience.

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