A start-up creating robots to assist surgeons in carrying out keyhole surgery has raised $20.3 million, backed by European automation giant ABB.
Keyhole surgery is process in which a camera is inserted into the body allowing the surgeon to operate by only making a tiny incision rather than a large opening. It is often seen as a quicker and safer way of carrying out certain types of surgery.
But the process requires highly experienced surgeons which can often be in short supply.
Attempting to solve this problem, Cambridge Medical Robotics (CMR) is in the process of developing the machine which will have arms controlled by a surgeon. A robotic surgeon would mean a doctor would not have to train as long to carry out keyhole surgery and could operate the robot to do the operation instead.