Massachusetts Patent of the Month – March 2024

Vicarious Surgical Inc. has made a name for itself with an FDA Breakthrough Designation for their innovations in robotic surgery. The company has continuously committed to research and development with recent efforts culminating in a newly granted patent. The latest patent covers their virtual reality surgical camera technology. This innovative system introduces a new era of surgery, combining cutting-edge technology with intuitive design to enhance surgical precision and patient outcomes.

At the heart of this invention lies a sophisticated camera assembly, meticulously engineered to provide surgeons with unparalleled control and vision during procedures. The camera assembly features a camera support tube with a stereoscopic camera assembly mounted at its distal end. This assembly comprises multiple camera modules, each with its optical axis, allowing for comprehensive and immersive visualization of the surgical site.

What sets this camera assembly apart is its advanced actuation system, offering precise control over pitch and yaw movements. Surgeons can manipulate the camera modules with ease, adjusting their orientation to obtain optimal views without the need for manual repositioning. Whether it’s exploring hard-to-reach areas or focusing on specific anatomical structures, this system empowers surgeons to navigate with confidence, all while maintaining their focus within the virtual reality environment.

The integration of peripheral cameras and lighting sources further enhances the system’s capabilities, providing additional perspectives and ensuring optimal visibility throughout the procedure. With these features, surgeons can perform complex maneuvers with enhanced depth perception and clarity, leading to more efficient surgeries and improved patient outcomes.

The camera assembly incorporates rotational positional sensors, enabling precise tracking of camera movements in real-time. This feedback mechanism ensures seamless integration with the virtual reality interface, allowing surgeons to maintain their immersion while seamlessly controlling the camera’s perspective.

In addition to its technical prowess, the Virtual Reality Surgical Camera System prioritizes patient safety and comfort. By minimizing the need for multiple incisions and manual camera adjustments, this system reduces surgical trauma and post-operative complications, leading to faster recovery times and improved overall patient satisfaction.

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