Guest Editorial Special Section on Surgical Vision, Navigation, and Robotics
IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics
I. INTRODUCTION T HE IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MEDICAL ROBOTICS AND BIONICS (T-MRB) is an initiative shared by the two IEEE Societies of Robotics and Automation -RAS -and Engineering in Medicine and Biology -EMBS. T-MRB is a multi-disciplinary journal aimed at publishing peer-reviewed papers and focused on innovative research ideas and medical application results, reporting significant theoretical findings and application case studies in the areas of medical robotics and bionics. The topic of this
... ecial Section on "Surgical Vision, Navigation, and Robotics" is comprised under one of the six Journal Areas addressed in T-MRB, which is Surgical Robotics. In this Special Section, authors were invited to address these topics, and where appropriate emphasize applications of this theme with relevance to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guest Editors and the Authors of the papers included in this Special Section are heavily engaged in the Medical Image Computing (MICCAI) and the Computer-Assisted Interventions (IPCAI) communities, whose scope also encompasses the topics expressed in the Call for Papers, which sought articles relating to state-of-the-art research in Surgical Vision, Navigation, and Robotics. Recent advances are evident in real-time interventional imaging and visualization, surgical tracking, navigation, multi-spectral imaging and data fusion, and clinical robotics and haptics. Research related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovative solutions for endoscopic and robotic interventions and surgery has increased dramatically. More recently, the outbreak of COVID-19 has demanded new clinical approaches and medical robotic techniques to diagnose, treat, and provide healthcare solutions for COVID-19 patients and surgical approaches where technological solutions can prevent disease transmission.