Current state-of-the-art and future perspectives of robotic technology in neurosurgery.


Journal Article (Review)

Neurosurgery is one of the most demanding surgical specialties in terms of precision requirements and surgical field limitations. Recent advancements in robotic technology have generated the possibility of incorporating advanced technological tools to the neurosurgical operating room. Although previous studies have addressed the specific details of new robotic systems, there is very little literature on the strengths and drawbacks of past attempts, currently available platforms and prototypes in development. In this review, the authors present a critical historical analysis of the development of robotic technology in neurosurgery as well as a comprehensive summary of the currently available systems that can be expected to be incorporated to the neurosurgical armamentarium in the near future. Finally, the authors present a critical analysis of the main technical challenges in robotic technology development at the present time (such as the design of improved systems for haptic feedback and the necessity of incorporating intraoperative imaging data) as well as the benefits which robotic technology is expected to bring to specific neurosurgical subspecialties in the near future.

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Cited Authors

  • Mattei, TA; Rodriguez, AH; Sambhara, D; Mendel, E

Published Date

  • July 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 357 - 366

PubMed ID

  • 24729137

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24729137

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1437-2320

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10143-014-0540-z


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Germany