Laparoscopy and other minimally invasive procedures must be performed within tightly confined spaces in the abdomen. To increase freedom of movement for surgical instruments, insufflators are used to expand the body cavity by blowing CO2 gas into it. Insufflators are categorized as Class II medical devices, which means that their control software must be exceptionally reliable and developed in compliance with IEC 62304, the international standard for medical device software.
WOM, one of the world market leaders in insufflator and pump technologies for laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, uses Model-Based Design with MATLAB® and Simulink® to accelerate the development of high-quality insufflator control software.
“Model-Based Design enables us to create well-defined interfaces, test our designs via simulation, generate production code, and perform rapid control prototyping,” says René Pätznick, control systems engineer at WOM. “That all contributes to reduced time-to-market as well more reliable software.”