Leading medical device company, TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE American:TRXC), has today announced that the company received 510(k) clearance for the Intelligent Surgical Unit (ISUTM) that enables its SenhanceⓇ Surgical System to offer machine vision capabilities.
TransEnterix is committed to digitizing the interface between the surgeon and the patient to improve robotic surgery – notably, minimally invasive surgery.
Anthony Fernando, TransEnterix president and CEO, said: “We are pleased to have received this important clearance earlier than expected. Machine vision is the next major advance in digital surgery.”
He continued “Our system is designed to significantly advance the sensing capabilities of computer-assisted surgery. With this hardware and software system, the Senhance System will gather and interpret visual information from the surgical field. The capabilities now cleared will be focused on optimizing visualization and camera control in ways never before offered in robotic or digital surgery. These initial capabilities represent the first step in our journey to bring the benefits of augmented intelligence and machine vision to surgery.”
The ISU enables machine vision driven control of the camera for a surgeon by responding to commands and recognizing certain objects and locations in the surgical field. The ISU hardware is also designed to be compatible with planned future augmented intelligence features such as scene cognition and surgical image analytics that are expected to continue to drive meaningful innovations in digital laparoscopy with Senhance.
“This is the beginning of a new era in digital surgery,” said Dr. Amit Trivedi, chair of surgery at Hackensack Meridian Health Pascack Valley Medical Center and a participant in the design and usability studies conducted in support of the 510(k) submission of the ISU. “Surgery is the skilled real time application of vision, experience, precise motion and decision making. The opportunity to use a computer to see aspects of the field and guide surgery is enormous. I am eager to utilize machine vision to better control the camera seamlessly during my surgeries.”
This Intelligent Surgical Unit is compatible with both the global installed base of Senhance Surgical Systems and with third-party vision systems that are currently supported by Senhance.