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Dueling Surgical Robots: da Vinci vs. SPRINT
sprint robot
Let the games begin…and the cost per procedure tumble
By Emmet Cole


A European consortium has developed a prototype abdominal surgery robot which they claim simplifies surgical procedures and reduces costs and patient recovery times.

Abdominal surgery at a cost of $3,746 to 4,996 with SPRINT per procedure, including the cost of disposable and limited use parts. The same procedure would cost $6,244] using Intuitive’s da Vinci.

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Emmet Cole has been writing about robots since 2006. Formerly Wired UK's robotics expert, Emmet's bylines include Wired News, The Economist, BBC Future, and Robotics Trends. He is particularly interested in commercialization of research and in the ethical, legal, and regulatory implications of emerging robotic and cyborg technology. Twitter: @emmetcole

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