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Telelap Alf-X: A novel Telesurgical System for the 21st Century.
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PMID:  23225591     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objective To introduce a new telesurgical concept and system, we describe the TELELAP Alf-X system and report the results of the preliminary laboratory experiments on dry lab skill exercises. Methods The TELELAP Alf-X system offers a novel approach to remotely operated 3-dimension endoscopy by adding haptic sensation, an eye-tracking system and a high degree of configuration versatility. The ALF-X system consists of a remote control unit, manipulator arms, connection node and reusable endoscopic instruments. To test the hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, depth of field and ability of making optimal sutures and knots, the ALF-X system was used in a laparoscopic trainer utilizing specific tools by a single surgeon (S.G.) who repeated three different exercises ten times. The time and accuracy of the exercises were recorded. Results By using the TELELAP Alf-X system the surgeon was able to work repeatedly and to perform all the exercises scheduled. In all exercises the best results were achieved after the first 5 cases. Conclusion The TELELAP Alf-X system shows an excellent stability, easy-to-use interface and the ability to perform essential endoscopic skills. Further experiment, especially in live tissue, could identify the role of this new technology for the surgical repertoire.
Stefano Gidaro; Maurizio Buscarini; Emilio Ruiz; Anna Labruzzo; Michael Stark
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Surgical technology international     Volume:  XXII     ISSN:  1090-3941     ISO Abbreviation:  Surg Technol Int     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9604509     Medline TA:  Surg Technol Int     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Science G.D'Annunzio University School of Medicine Chieti-Pescara, Italy.
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