Surgery navigation assisted by advanced robotics

Project objectives

Arona project has the ambition to design and develop a new robotic platform for minimally invasive surgery that is assisted by a surgery navigator based on augmented virtual reality. The introduction of such a novel technology in the clinical practice may foster i) a decrease of the patients’ clinical risk , ii) a reduction of intervention and hospitalization time, iii) the possibility to perform complex surgical procedures even by adopting a minimally invasive approach, iv) shorter recovery times, v) less side effects for the patient (i.e. bleeding, pain), vi) a reduction of costs for the health service and hospital facilities.

The overall system will include a robotic manipulator and a surgery navigator that work with the aid of intraoperative imaging and augmented virtual reality techniques. The proposed solution will be able to overcome the limitations of  the commercially available systems, by ensuring more reliable and repetitive surgical actions and a greater mobility of the anatomical tissues during the surgery.

The proposed robotic platform will be experimentally validated on a dummy patient in the laboratory. In order to homologate and clinically certificate the system, data acquired during the experiments will be used to retrieve indications for drawing up an experimental clinical protocol to be presented to the Ethics Committee.

Start/End Date

2018 - 2020

Principal Investigator for engineering activities

Prof. Loredana Zollo

Principal Investigator for clinical activities

Prof. Bruno Beomonte Zobel



List of participants

  • Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma
  • Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna
  • Azienda USL Toscana Nord Ovest
  • Istituto Tumori "Giovanni Paolo II" I.R.C.C.S.

Source of funding

MIUR PON Project research and innovation 2014 -- 2020