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Introducing RoSS, a 'flight simulator' for robotic surgery
Date:2/25/2010

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A collaboration between the Center for Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has produced one of the world's first simulators that closely approximates the "touch and feel" of the da Vinci robotic surgical system.

The most widely used system of its kind in the world, the da Vinci robotic surgical system affords all the features that an experienced surgeon needs to ensure equivalent or superior outcomes to conventional surgery.

But such a surgical system, like an aircraft, "is only as good as the pilot, and the current training required for proficiency in robot-assisted surgery is unfortunately less than ideal," said Khurshid A. Guru, MD, director of the Center for Robotic Surgery and attending surgeon in RPCI's Department of Urology. "While surgical practice does make perfect, we believe that through better training tools, the early learning curve of robot-assisted surgery can be shortened without jeopardizing the safety and welfare of patients."

The Robotic Surgical Simulator, or RoSS, addresses the quickly growing need for a realistic training environment for robot-assisted surgery, a field that is rapidly expanding and is expected to constitute a significant number of all surgeries within the next five to seven years. The RoSS will play a critical, educational role for RPCI and other similar institutions involved in robot-assisted surgical systems.

"Think of the RoSS as a flight simulator for surgeons," explained Thenkurussi ("Kesh") Kesavadas, PhD, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UB and head of its Virtual Reality Lab, who, with Guru, invented the RoSS and founded the Western New York-based spin-off company, Simulated Surgical Systems, LLC, to commercialize the simulators.

Creation of the RoSS is an example of how UB and RPCI research can be commercialized and brought to the marketplace to
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Contact: Ellen Goldbaum
goldbaum@buffalo.edu
716-645-4605
University at Buffalo
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