ARTHUR (Autonomous Remote Telesurgery for Healing in Underserved Regions)

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This invention introduces the ability to perform laser-based wound debridement remotely using computer vision and AI. The invention pioneers the remote execution of such procedures, offering a glimpse into a future where medical interventions can be conducted from a distance, potentially revolutionizing healthcare accessibility and efficiency. This innovation overcomes geographical barriers, enhances access to critical medical interventions, reduces the burden on patients associated with travel and waiting times, and potentially lowers healthcare costs. 

Wound debridement is the process of removing dead or unhealthy tissue from a wound in order to promote healing. This is especially common for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Currently, patients are required to physically travel to medical centers for wound debridement, leading to increased costs, time constraints, and potential delays in receiving necessary care. The proposed technology would enable healthcare professionals to remotely perform wound debridement, increasing healthcare access to underserved regions. 


  • Telesurgery
  • Remote wound debridement
  • Wound care management


  • Reduces patient travel
  • Improves accessibility 
  • Potentially lowers healthcare costs
Patent Information:
Contact For More Information:
Mitch Graffeo
Sr. Licensing Manager - COM-T
The University of Arizona
Lead Inventor(s):
Geoffrey Gurtner