Medical Musings: Star Wars meets the operating room


Opportunities for precision, micro injection molded components-plastics and metal-will grow as robotic, minimally invasive surgery becomes a bigger factor in the medical market.

One example is the da Vinci Si system from a publicly traded company called Intuitive Surgical (Sunnyvale, CA), which was founded in 1995 to commercially develop inventions made at Stanford, MIT, IBM and other institutions that combine advances in computing, electronics, imaging, algorithms and mechanical components.

Open surgery is still predominant, but may soon be on the critical list. The new surgeon sits at a control station that looks like something out of Star Wars manipulating camera-guided equipment that can work through an incision just one inch wide-or less. Surgeons view a high resolution, 3-D image of the surgical field....
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