Advances in 3D imaging, in combination with maturing robotics technology, has resulted in several FDA approved neurosurgical robotic systems on the market today. These systems allow surgeons to make precise manipulations in the brain and on the spine, in a consistent and minimally invasive way. However, these systems are still new to the market and offer distinct trade-offs of accuracy and efficiency.

In this paper, we give a brief overview of these systems – surgical robots that aid both cranial and spinal surgery - and establish the main questions clinicians should ask of these systems to understand their capabilities and limitations.

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Author
Chris Wagner
Head of Advanced Surgical Systems