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Title: Medical telerobotic systems: Current status and future trends
Authors: Avgousti, Sotiris 
Christoforou, Eftychios G. 
Panayides, Andreas S. 
Voskarides, Sotos 
Novales, Cyril 
Nouaille, Laurence 
Pattichis, C. S. 
Vieyres, Pierre P. 
Keywords: Medical robotics;Surgical robotics;Telemanipulation;Telemedicine;Teleoperation;Telepresence;Telerobotics;Mhealth
Category: Electrical Engineering - Electronic Engineering - Information Engineering
Field: Engineering and Technology
Issue Date: Aug-2016
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Source: BioMedical Engineering Online, 2016, vol. 15, no. 1, Article no. 96
Journal: BioMedical Engineering Online 
Abstract: Teleoperated medical robotic systems allow procedures such as surgeries, treatments, and diagnoses to be conducted across short or long distances while utilizing wired and/or wireless communication networks. This study presents a systematic review of the relevant literature between the years 2004 and 2015, focusing on medical teleoperated robotic systems which have witnessed tremendous growth over the examined period. A thorough insight of telerobotics systems discussing design concepts, enabling technologies (namely robotic manipulation, telecommunications, and vision systems), and potential applications in clinical practice is provided, while existing limitations and future trends are also highlighted. A representative paradigm of the short-distance case is the da Vinci Surgical System which is described in order to highlight relevant issues. The long-distance telerobotics concept is exemplified through a case study on diagnostic ultrasound scanning. Moreover, the present review provides a classification into short- and long-distance telerobotic systems, depending on the distance from which they are operated. Telerobotic systems are further categorized with respect to their application field. For the reviewed systems are also examined their engineering characteristics and the employed robotics technology. The current status of the field, its significance, the potential, as well as the challenges that lie ahead are thoroughly discussed.
ISSN: 1475-925X
DOI: 10.1186/s12938-016-0217-7
Rights: © 2016 The Author(s).
Type: Article
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