This week The Economist featured Cambridge Medical Robotics (CMR) in an article titled: New surgical robots are about to enter the operating theatre. The piece positions CMR as a challenger to Intuitive Surgical who have for a long time dominated the market and outlines how the surgical robotics market is set to change.
The Economist sets out a direct comparison between CMR’s next-generation surgical robot Versius and Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci. The article reads: “Unlike a da Vinci, in which the arms are all attached to a single cart, Versius sports a set of independent arms, each with its own base.” It continues: “Unlike a da Vinci arm, which is like that of a surgical robot, a Versius arm is built like a human one. It has three joints, corresponding to the shoulder, the elbow and the wrist.” When looking at the benefit that Versius can bring to patients, Martin Frost, CMR’s CEO, explains to The Economist that the robot will be easier to use as “surgeons will be able to use angles and movements they are already familiar with, instead of having to learn a robot friendly version of a procedure from scratch.”
Read the article here: New surgical robots are about to enter the operating theatre