We’ve talked about robot surgery in the past, with some of
its benefits and its risks for the patients who are using it for surgery. For a
lot of different physicians the da Vinci has been the first name in robot
surgery. That may change. The robot surgical tools are now not only under some
scrutiny because of safety issues when they are used for hysterectomies. Now they
also have a new competitor.
A team at the Tokyo Institute of Technology has created a
robot surgical system, known as IBIS that is designed to undertake the same
function. In addition the robot is also quite inexpensive. The bot come in at
about one third the cost of its best-known competitor’s cost. Though some
systems offered are expected to be as little as a tenth of the da Vinci’s cost,
but they are likely to have limited applications.
Only time will tell if IBIS can take the top spot in robot
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