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|Title: ||A methodology for design and appraisal of surgical robotic systems|
|Authors: ||O'Toole, Michael D.|
|Issue Date: ||2010|
|Publisher: ||© Cambridge University Press|
|Citation: ||O'TOOLE, M.D. ... et al, 2010. A methodology for design and appraisal of surgical robotic systems. Robotica, 28 (special issue 02), pp. 297–310.|
|Abstract: ||Surgical robotics is a growing discipline, continuously
expanding with an influx of new ideas and research.
However, it is important that the development of new devices
take account of past mistakes and successes. A structured
approach is necessary, as with proliferation of such research,
there is a danger that these lessons will be obscured,
resulting in the repetition of mistakes and wasted effort
and energy. There are several research paths for surgical
robotics, each with different risks and opportunities and
different methodologies to reach a profitable outcome. The
main emphasis of this paper is on a methodology for ‘applied
research’ in surgical robotics. The methodology sets out a
hierarchy of criteria consisting of three tiers, with the most
important being the bottom tier and the least being the top tier.
It is argued that a robotic system must adhere to these criteria
in order to achieve acceptability. Recent commercial systems
are reviewed against these criteria, and are found to conform
up to at least the bottom and intermediate tiers, the most
important first two tiers, and thus gain some acceptability.
However, the lack of conformity to the criteria in the top
tier, and the inability to conclusively prove increased clinical
benefit, is shown to be hampering their potential in gaining
|Description: ||This article was published in the journal, Robotica [© Cambridge University Press] and the definitive version is available at: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?aid=7161192|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)|
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