Published on April 26, 2011 at 10:56 PM
By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD
The United States regulator, Food and Drugs Administrator (FDA) has approved a machine called the Artas System for commercial use. According to manufacturers Restoration Robotics, Artas is “an interactive, computer assisted system utilizing image-guided robotics to enhance the quality of hair follicle harvesting” by combining “several features including an interactive, image-guided robotic arm, special imaging technologies, small dermal punches and a computer interface.” Artas can be used only on patients with straight brown or black hair at this stage.
The system uses its intelligence unit to harvest hair follicles with “image guided robotics” said the company. The system has a chair with a camera equipment that works under the doctor’s control. The hair follicles are manually transplanted after being extracted. The company says this system can improve extraction rates to 750 to 1,000 units per hour. This is much quicker and less invasive than traditional harvesting techniques they add.
From the Manufacturer
What is the ARTAS™ System?
ARTAS is an interactive, computer assisted system utilizing image-guided robotics to enhance the quality of hair follicle harvesting. Through its design and ease-of-use, ARTAS has the potential to solve most of the technical challenges inherent in the manual FUE technique. The System is operated under the direction of a physician.
How Does the ARTAS™ System Work?
The ARTAS System combines several features including an interactive, image-guided robotic arm, special imaging technologies, small dermal punches and a computer interface. After the System is positioned over the patient's donor area of the scalp, ARTAS is capable of identifying and harvesting follicular units. The follicular units are stored until they are implanted into the patient's recipient area using current manual techniques.