Software diagnostic research debugs robotic surgical systems
By Henry Lenard
May 03, 2013
An increase in the number of malfunctions and complications in surgeries involving Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot has prompted new scrutiny by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Growing safety concerns
Since early last year, the FDA has 500 reported incidents of problems with robotic surgeries, with at least five deaths. The agency does not distinguish between surgeon error and problems with the device itself, but Intuitive Surgical is facing a growing number of lawsuits.
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