MIRA: A Platform Dedicated to Making MIS Widely Available

Current mainframe robot platforms require:

  • A dedicated team trained for robot-assisted surgery
  • Facility renovations to accommodate the large platforms
  • Structures that must withstand the weight of thousands of pounds
  • Millions of dollars

MIRA is a small, smart, and simple portable platform that:

  • Works within existing spaces
  • Is easily transported
  • Requires fewer team members
  • Is affordable

MIRA Reduces Setup Time

MIRA was designed with the goal of being both simple and intuitive, requiring very little setup. MIRA aspires to save the setup team up to 26 minutes from the start since it doesn’t need to be draped or docked. Furthermore, since it does not require a dedicated robotic surgery team, surgeons should be able to walk into the room and begin operating in minutes. Surgeons can even operate at a patient’s bedside.

MIRA Reduces Repositioning Time

MIRA does not require repositioning mid-surgery. In many colorectal procedures, mainframe surgical robotic systems must be repositioned midway through the procedure to reach the four quadrants of the abdominal cavity. This undocking and redocking can take around 11 minutes of valuable OR time.

Having More than One MIRA Can Increase Throughput

Because the MIRA Platform will be less expensive than larger robotic mainframes, we hope that many facilities will be able to utilize more than one.

If multiple MIRA Platforms are available, system downtime may be eliminated during room cleaning and turnover. This could save an additional 33 minutes of MIRA operative time. At the completion of a procedure, the companion cart could be transported to the next procedure and commenced with the second MIRA while the first MIRA is cleaned.

This would allow for a greater number of MIS procedures to be performed in one day—reducing patient wait time for an MIS procedure and increasing profitability for the facility.

Making MIS More Widely Available

Hospitals currently have a very limited number of large surgery platforms readily available, causing many patients to have to wait weeks for surgery. This is problematic for patients with gastrointestinal cancers or acute infections that require emergency care. MIRA hopes to be a great complementing platform to existing robotic mainframes, further reducing the time patients have to wait for surgery.

Our vision is to see MIRA not just in large hospitals but in small community hospitals, academic medical centers, and eventually in ambulatory surgery centers as well. Its minimal footprint is designed to make MIS procedures an option for many more patients.