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Electrical Safety Testing for the World's Most Advanced Cardiac Robotic Technology

The 288 electrical safety analyser by Rigel Medical, a manufacturer of biomedical test measurement systems, has recently been used to test the performance of medical robots for cardiac surgery.

Robin Heart® is Europe’s first medical robot used for cardiac surgery, developed by the Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development in Zabrze, Poland.

Designed to adapt to the surgeon’s manual dexterity with the highest precision and accuracy, this robot helps minimise the operative field and aims to prevent damage to surrounding soft tissue – a human–machine interface system that helps the surgeon make the right decisions.

Being able to use sophisticated medical robotic systems to conduct invasive procedures with minimal recovery time will continue to be a challenge for surgeons, but such a goal can only be achieved if the electrical components of medical robots used are working at maximum capacity and effectively. Any damage to the electrical componentry of medical robots will compromise the performance of such sophisticated machinery used in high-risk surgical procedures.

A new project in Poland, in compliance with the IEC 60601-1 Medical Electrical Equipment – General Requirements for basic safety and essential performance, is being used to test the electrical measurement performance of the Robin Heart® robot. This analyzer has data logging and printing capabilities, and with a Bluetooth device, all test results can be downloaded by practitioners, making access to data an easy and less convoluted process.  

The following video provides a key understanding behind the functionality of the Rigel Medical 288 electrical safety analyzer:


Video courtesy of Seaward Electronics and Rigel Medical.

By introducing testing equipment into a patient environment, this analyzer supports reducing the downtime of medical systems such as the Robin Heart® robot, making this testing technology one of the most efficient in the market.

This technology is a clear example of how advancements in electronics is supporting the development of pioneering technology that becomes key to managing the performance of sophisticated medical robotic systems. This in return helps take on the increased demand to successfully perform minimally-invasive surgeries around the world and thus evolving the way medical technicians take on new challenges with the reduction of downtime of medical equipment.

References

  • Nawrat Z, et al. Robin Heart – Perspectives of application of mini-invasive tools in cardiac surgery. Medical Robotics, Book edited by Vanja Bozovic, ISBN 978-3-902613-18-9, pp.526, I-Tech Education and Publishing, Vienna, Austria.

  • Rigel Medical - Rigel 288 – hand-held electrical safety analyser.

  • The original news item based on research at The Foundation for Cardiac Surgery Development in Zabrze and Rigel Medical: Rigel at the heart of new Poland cardiac surgery robot testing.


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