“Plug and Play”: a novel technique utilising existing technology to get the most out of the robot
We describe a simple technique in which current and freely available technology can be utilised by surgeons while operating the Da Vinci Si/Xi Surgical Robotic systems. This technique allows for a parallel intraoperative display within the surgical console of any desired subject material from a standard computer, utilising commercially available cabling. The ability to view 3D reconstructed images, patient radiology and patient results within the console whilst operating, has the potential to increase operative efficiency, reduce error and aid in adequate resection of tissues. The ease with which our technique is achieved, the benefits of its use and the low cost associated with its implementation support our suggestion that all robotic surgeons incorporate this into their regular operative setup.
KeywordsRobotic surgery TilePro™ Intraoperative display Console display 3D images
The authors would like to acknowledge the time and support offered by Device Technologies Victoria, Australia and Tim Grogan for their support and technological expertise in troubleshooting this project during its infancy.
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The Authors: Todd G Manning, Daniel Christidis, Jasamine Coles-Black, Shannon McGrath, Jonathan O’Brien, Jason Chuen, Damien Bolton and Nathan Lawrentschuk declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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