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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Jonathan Sorger Hot Topics presentation: Clinical requirements for optical imaging in medical robotics

Presented at SPIE Photonics West 2013

13 February 2013, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201302.21

Jonathan Sorger, Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (USA)Over half a million surgeries out of 240 million performed annually are facilitated by medical robots, says Jonathan Sorger (Intuitive Surgical). The benefits of the use of robotics are related to the minimally invasive nature of their operation. They reduce bleeding, chance of infection and length of hospital stay. However, the surgical environment presents many challenges to this instrumentation, such as motion of the subject, bleeding and the need for high positional accuracy.

In "Clinical requirements for optical imaging in medical robotics," Sorger presents the motivation for more work in this field with the aim to increase the speed of operation, improve imaging in the surgical environment, and for the development of tissue characterization techniques to allow the identification of what is tumor, what is nerve, what is healthy tissue.


Jonathan Sorger is Director of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical Inc. (USA). He helped develop and teach the first-year bioengineering Ph.D. program at Stanford University before moving to Varian Medical Systems, where he was responsible for Varian's integration of molecular medicine into radiation therapy. At Intuitive Surgical, Sorger helps interpret clinical needs regarding the development of next-generation surgical robotic platforms.