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Robotic surgical tools, systems, and methods for preparing for and performing robotic surgery include a memory mounted on the tool. The memory can perform a number of functions when the tool is loaded on the tool manipulator: first, the memory can provide a signal verifying that the tool is compatible with that particular robotic system. Secondly, the tool memory may identify the tool-type to the robotic system so that the robotic system can reconfigure its programming. Thirdly, the memory of the tool may indicate tool-specific information, including measured calibration offsets indicating misalignment of the tool drive system, tool life data, or the like. This information may be stored in a read only memory (ROM), or in a nonvolatile memory which can be written to only a single time. The invention further provides improved engagement structures for coupling robotic surgical tools with manipulator structures.

Title
Mechanical actuator interface system for robotic surgical tools
Application Number
9/759542
Publication Number
6491701 (B2)
Application Date
January 12, 2001
Publication Date
December 10, 2002
Inventor
Robert G Younge
Portola Valley
CA, US
Gary S Guthart
Foster City
CA, US
Stephen J Blumenkranz
Redwood City
CA, US
Chris Julian
Los Gatos
CA, US
Thomas Cooper
Menlo Park
CA, US
Michael J Tierney
Pleasanton
CA, US
Agent
Townsend Townsend & Crew
US
Agent
Scott M Smith Esq
US
Assignee
Intuitive Surgical
CA, US
IPC
A61B 19/00
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