Robotic Stereotaxic Surgery
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Robotic stereotaxic surgery - automated drilling and micro-injection with superior accuracy and reliability

Stereotaxic atlas integrated - 3-

axis robot with error correction for

head tilt, yaw and roll to ensure the

best possible surgical target accuracy

and reliability.

Avoid human errors - save time and hit your targets with reliability. Surgery planning simplified - brain position is shown in relation to skull features in 3D. Freedom to scale atlas in all 3 axes to take account of animals differing from the atlas average. Custom altases can be integrated. Intuitive navigation - point and click at your targets, with single and double angle adjustment. Automatic drill-stop - impedance-based feedback to detect brain height. No bleeding , no mishaps, faster than humans - watch the video of a perfect cranial window procedure completed in under 12 mins! Published paper here. Synchronised micro-injector & drill - no tool change required - ideal for optogenetics. Stereo-Vision - smart bregma finder to avoid parallax error when locating bregma for best precision. High-throughput - savable sequences to run on a batch of animals, each individually error-corrected. Joystick controlled - optimal for asceptic technique and surgery can be performed on video-feed from surgery microscope. Reduced training burden - lowered skills barrier since the robot has steady ‘hands' and is already an expert at error-corrected stereotaxic surgery!
Missing your targets is nothing short of a disaster leaving you with wasted animals and wasted time. The traditional ‘manual’ stereotaxic approach is highly dependent on operator-skill and easily distorted by reading-errors on mechanical scales, compounded by common-place failures to obtain correct skull alignment. Using approaches similar to those employed in human neurosurgery, but with laboratory animal stereotaxic atlases instead, it’s now possible to substantially increase implant target accuracy and to automate your craniotomy drilling and micro-injections.
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