This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

SYMBIS Surgical System Named To 2014 Space Technology Hall Of Fame

MRI-compatible robot leveraged from space program technology inspired by goal to improve neurosurgical precision and outcomes

MINNEAPOLIS, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - IMRIS Inc. (NASDAQ: IMRS; TSX: IM) ("IMRIS" or the "Company") today announced that the SYMBIS Surgical System - the second generation of the neuroArm® / SYMBIS™ program - is a 2014 inductee into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. The Space Foundation honor is directed at technologies originally developed for space exploration that are being transformed into products to help improve the quality of life on Earth.

(Photo: )

"As an element of the future of neurosurgery, SYMBIS involves developing more precise minimally-invasive techniques with motion refinement where surgeons can reach small and eloquent areas to remove diseased tissue, and cause no damage to the adjacent delicate structures to protect the patient's quality of life and maximize the success of the surgery," said Meir Dahan, IMRIS Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Research and Development.

The SYMBIS program originated in 2002 under the name neuroArm as a collaborative research concept primarily between the University of Calgary and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) - the company which developed large robotic arms for the International Space Station and US space shuttle programs. Design work initially focused on developing haptic (touch sensing) control mechanisms, special motors, semi-automated surgical tool exchange protocols, and communications technologies. The intent was to pair near real-time, high-resolution magnetic resonance (MR) and anatomical images with robotic arm manipulation technologies to provide neurosurgeons with image guidance, precision, accuracy and dexterity.

"Where SYMBIS has come from and is heading to, represents collaborations of many interdisciplinary creative teams of engineers, scientists and surgeons. Our goal was to integrate the surgeon's skills and decision making with mechanized accuracy," said Dr. Garnette Sutherland, Professor of Neurosurgery at University of Calgary, who led the team which developed the original robot, neuroArm. "This honor and research illustrates how the merging of human surgical experience with machines and computerized technology is driving neurosurgical advancement towards more minimalism and finer accuracy."

The SYMBIS system now consists of two manipulator arms with eight degrees of freedom of movement on a mobile base and a remote workstation where a surgeon sits and is provided with a virtual environment that recreates the sight, sound and touch of surgery. The arms operate surgical tools only in conjunction with the surgeon's remote hand movements. (The SYMBIS Surgical System is not currently available for sale.)

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $93.74 0.00%
FB $117.58 0.00%
GOOG $693.01 0.00%
TSLA $240.76 0.00%
YHOO $36.60 0.00%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,773.64 -57.12 -0.32%
S&P 500 2,065.30 -10.51 -0.51%
NASDAQ 4,775.3580 -29.9330 -0.62%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs