- To identify surgical procedures that may benefit from the application of automation
- To promote awareness of current enabling technologies for use with surgical applications
- To recommend outline procedures for the design, construction and implementation of mechatronic tools applied in medical applications
- To recommend requirements and methods for training of inexperienced operators and procedures for introduction of operators to new products
- To identify methods for enhancing safety standards and identify potential problem areas in the introduction of automated tools to the operating theatre
Mechatronic tools are now widely used in surgery and many surgical procedures exist where they may be employed in future implementations, particularly with the advent of minimal access surgery. The introduction of automation has the potential to enhance the surgeons skill enabling more precise performance to be achieved and in some cases enabling completely new procedures to be performed. Mechatronic tools are also raising many new issues such as safety, training, hygiene and biocompatibility.
This project is intended to create links between medical, industrial and technical research teams throughout Europe with interests in the area of medical mechatronics applied to minimal invasive surgery. The research will take the form of a concerted action to look at a number of selected aspects of medical mechatronics and will be performed by a multi-disciplinary team from a total of nine different European countries.
The research will stimulate communication and promote awareness of current and future techniques, products and enabling technologies. Aspects concerning safety and training as well as introduction of new tools will also be examined. The consortium will publish findings and make recommendations that will be of used to industrial and medical communities, in particular in the areas of safety and procedures for introduction of new devices to operating theatres