Multi-component telepresence system and method

  • US 6,132,368 A
  • Filed: 11/21/1997
  • Issued: 10/17/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/12/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A robotic surgical system for performing a procedure within a sterile field comprising:

  • a surgical tool;

    a manipulator assembly including a manipulator arm having proximal and distal end portions;

    a sterile drape covering at least the manipulator arm of the manipulator assembly to shield the manipulator arm from the sterile field; and

    an adaptor for coupling the distal end portion of the manipulator arm with the surgical tool and transferring at least two degrees of motion from the manipulator assembly to the tool, the adaptor extending through the sterile drape and including one or more electrical connectors for transferring an electrical signal from the manipulator arm to the surgical tool and from the surgical tool to the manipulator arm.

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