The First Autonomous Neurosurgical Navigation Robot
NaoTrac, the Neurosurgical Navigation Robot, merges high-precision technology and surgeons’ experience to improve accuracy and outcome by streamlining surgical procedures and improving the learning curve equipped with Al, Machine Vision, and Robot-Assisted Surgery. Surgical navigation with non-contact registration, preoperating planning preparation, and choosing the surgery pathway with a 3D vision for precise anatomical location. The unique autonomous procedure allows the surgeon to plan and let NaoTrac act as his assistant.
*NaoTrac is now under the process of CE mark application and has not been cleared by FDA.
NaoTrac Robotic Technology
NaoTrac is the first Autonomous Neurosurgical Navigation Robot, which was developed by the Brain Navi team. The main goal of innovating NaoTrac is to assist the surgeon in having an alternative neurosurgery assistant for high precision. NaoTrac received more than 18 patents in technology, innovation awards, and currently in clinical trials.
Intended Use for Cranial Surgical Procedures
Within the increasing demand for minimally invasive surgery, the neuro-navigation is a standard in neurosurgery worldwide. Nowadays, most of the navigation system uses the type of “vision-based optical tracking systems” during the registration step. Image-guided surgery is used for intra-operative navigation assistance for neurosurgical problems. However, it does require a specific space between the device cameras, the probe, and the microscope to remain unobstructed. Brain Navi Biotechnology innovated the “Autopilot” neurosurgical navigation robot, NaoTrac. With the combination of the robotic technology, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Vision, it can assist in the surgery like Biopsy, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), SEEG, endoscopic surgery, and EVD in the future.
Human Clinical Trials
On 7th November 2018, NaoTrac performed its First-in-Human trial at Hualien Tzu-Chi Medical Center performing external ventricular drainage (EVD) on a hydrocephalus patient. NaoTrac implemented the EVD tube in just seconds, and a post-operative CT showed the tube was placed in the exact location, which the surgeon had planned before the surgery. NaoTrac has completed 15 clinical trial cases in Taiwan medical center; all the results were good to perfect with high precision.
Neurosurgeon Expert Feedback
“Using NaoTrac to perform EVD reduces anesthesia time, but it also improves the patient’s well-being through less invasive interventions. Most importantly, it has increased the degree of accuracy of the surgery to 1mm to 2mm,” said Shinn-Zong Lin, M.D. PhD., Superintendent of Hualien Tzu-Chi Medical Center. Ph.D. Dr. Lin also mentioned that “In the fields of immunotherapy, cell transplant, microchip implantation, etc., a high degree of accuracy is required. Therefore, NaoTrac not only executes EVD or tumor resection, but it also has the potential to collaborate with further fields.”
Brain Navi robotic surgery helps enhance preoperative accuracy and rapid recovery for patients.
NaoTrac’s machine vision can show the surgical pre-planning and the surgeon can explain what the post-operative effects will be.
Shorten the learning curves assists the experienced surgeon sharing by seeing the pre-planning data and the machine vision procedure.
Using higher precision robotics increases a better patient outcome, enhancing patented care and the hospital’s reputation.
Robotic assisted surgery allows hospitals and surgeons to focus on the patient.
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