Robotic Surgery

Our mission at Gray Optics is to improve and save lives. In this pursuit, we provide our valued customers with industry-leading designs of illumination and visualization systems used in advanced robotic surgery tools.


Robotic Surgery 

Robotic surgery platforms allow surgeons to perform complex medical procedures with greater flexibility, accuracy, and control than traditional surgery. When robotic-assisted surgery technology is available, with advances in optical technology at the heart of these robotic tools, it is the preferred way to perform complex surgical procedures to ensure improved patient outcomes. 


Advantages of Robotic Surgery and Where Optics Are Used

There are myriad benefits that robotic-assisted surgery affords for the surgeon and patient. The surgeon and their team’s significant advantage is the ability to visualize internal tissue structures at high resolution and high image contrast from deep inside the body in a minimally invasive manner. Additionally, when integrated with artificial intelligence and virtual and augmented reality viewing, robotic surgery holds significant promise for significantly improving patient outcomes for various surgeries, including 3D laparoscopy. 

Robotic Surgery

The design and integration of advanced optics and photonics imaging technologies are truly enabling next-generation robotic surgery platforms. Technology transfer from traditional endoscopy devices has been at the forefront of recent advances in robotic surgery. Micro-optics and optical fiber technologies coupled with LED illumination and new high-resolution, small form-factor image sensors have all come together to enable a new generation of precision optical assemblies at sub-2mm diameter scales. While many optical imaging platforms use high-contrast white light imaging, advances in fluorescence image-guided surgery (FIGS) – help the surgeon identify and remove tumors or visualize blood perfusion. Advances in spectroscopic detection modalities involving two different types of Raman detection, spontaneous Raman and stimulated Raman spectroscopy, offer new opportunities to further improve tumor resection, particularly in neurosurgery applications. All these advances poise to propel robotic surgery into new applications.


Our Robotic Surgery Capabilities 

At Gray Optics, we partner with our customers to solve challenging problems in the system-level design of robotic surgical platforms. Our approach encompasses a deep understanding of the exact operational specifications and requirements and the end-user experience. Specifically, our engineering expertise includes:

  • Optics expertise. With our unique ability to design the complete optical path, from illumination to detection, we can readily optimize all core optical sub-systems, ensuring they work in harmony and complete prototype builds in reduced timeframes.
  • Benefits for customers. We help our customers maximize light throughput and high contrast imaging through detailed optical and mechanical modeling and system-level design
  • Our process. Gray Optics’ proven New Product Development Process allows our team to collaboratively partner with our customers at any stage of the design process and aligns with ISO 13485
  • Competitive advantage. Our team’s industry-leading experience includes the system-level design of complete robotic surgery platforms. This experience gives us a competitive edge when solving technical challenges and ensures our customers’ project plans stay on course.
  • Agility and scalability. Our proven collaborative partnership model and New Product Development Process can meet the needs of the fast-advancing robotic surgery market. Our team works in tandem with you at every stage of the new product development process, from concept to production.


Work We’ve Done

  • Project: Stereo Endoscope Lens Design 
  • The Problem: The current lens design did not meet the imaging quality requirements defined by the clinical and marketing teams 
  • The Solution:  Gray Optics’ tested the image quality performance of the current lens and camera system and identified the likely cause of poor performance. The matching of the lens design to the CMOS image sensor revealed several areas requiring redesign, including the chief-ray angle matching. A new lens design was completed in 6 weeks, followed by pre-production prototypes built and tested by Gray Optics. 
  • The Outcome: The image quality of the new camera module was greatly improved, satisfying the customer’s image quality requirements.  The project progressed into the final stages of product development and 510k submission. 

We needed advanced optical design expertise outside of our company to complement our internal capabilities.  We wanted assistance from a capable, agile optical engineering firm that could quickly understand our technology, perform rapid testing of multiple design approaches, and confirm our final design. We found Gray Optics to be highly responsive, competent, and easy to work with on our time sensitive project.  With Gray Optics’ assistance, we were able to quickly confirm and then refine an approach to implementing this capability into our medical device.  Gray Optics’ expertise and assistance was key to successfully translating this innovation into our technology.

 – CEO, GI MedTech Company


Partner With an Industry-Leading Optics Specialist

We’re proud to work with global leaders in surgical robotics and start-up companies entering the market to collaborate in our joint mission to improve and save lives through innovations in optics and photonics technology. 


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