How It Works

AutoLap™ is driven by MST’s advanced image analysis software platform, offering surgeons full and natural control of the surgical procedure and an optimal field of view.

The image-guided system interacts with the surgeon by way of a virtual screen overlay interface and a wireless control unit.

The control unit is worn on the surgeon’s finger or attached to a surgical tool. In advanced Follow Me™ mode, AutoLap™ virtually tags surgical tools within the surgical cavity with the press of a button. Once tagged, the AutoLap™ robotic arm will follow the movements of the surgical tool seamlessly guiding the laparoscope to the desired position thereby maintaining an optimal field of view on the video monitor. The surgeon maintains full command of the system’s operation by engaging and disengaging the system using the finger or tool-based wireless control unit.

Advanced software also offers additional features, designed to optimize the field of view and minimize user interaction during surgery.

  • Automatic zoom correction
  • Camera horizon correction
  • Tissue collision warning

AutoLap™ offers two additional modes of use:

 MST Medical Surgery Technologies AutoLap Manual ModeManual mode – allows direct manual control of the robotic arm. This allows surgeons to perform wide scanning of the cavity, often performed at the start and/or end of the procedure.


Joystick mode – allows for control of the robotic arm using the wireless control unit. This offers surgeons the ability to control discrete or small laparoscope movements.

 MST Medical Surgery Technologies AutoLap Joystick Mode-Tool  MST Medical Surgery Technologies AutoLap Joystick Mode-Ring