Iranian scientists unveil domestically made surgery robot


Iranian scientists have unveiled the first domestically made high precision remote surgery robot.

Avicenna, specifically designed to carry out laparoscopic operations, was unveiled during Iran’s Second International Innovation and Technology Exhibition (INOTEX 2015) on Tuesday.

“This robot is an advanced remote surgery system that operates with a monitor and two robotic arms,” said Farzam Farahmand, the director of the Avicenna project.

He added that the Iranian robot can also be used “for abdominal and prostate surgery” with a surgeon controlling the arms and viewing the operation via the monitor.

“Operations carried out with this device minimize the damaging effects on the healthy tissues, reduce bleeding during the operation, and accelerate the recovery process,” he noted.

The machine has passed the animal testing stage and now requires proper licenses to start tests on human subjects, he added.

The robot, which is named after Iranian scientist Avicenna, was designed and developed in a joint project by the Sharif University of Technology and Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

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