Robot hearts: medicine's new frontier
On a cold, bright January morning I walked south across Westminster Bridge to St Thomas' Hospital, an institution with a proud tradition of innovation: I was there to observe a procedure generally regarded as the greatest advance in cardiac surgery since the turn of the millennium - and one that can be performed without a surgeon.
President's Science Symposium Showcases Nanotechnology
The director of Northwestern University's International Institute for Nanotechnology, Dr. Chad Mirkin, gave the keynote address at last Friday's President's Science Symposium. Mirkin spoke about the vastness of the emerging field of nanotechnology, which focuses on the tiniest particles and miniaturization.
Robot Surgeons are the Future of Medicine
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The World Of Medical Robots [SLIDESHOW]
Many people trust robots will be part of their future, yet medical robots are in widespread use today. Already, robotic technologies assist human doctors when making diagnoses and providing treatment. From surgery to rehabilitation, robots have begun to perform complex procedures that in many cases could not be accomplished by mere human hands.
New technology ups the need for universal healthcare
WASHINGTON, DC-Cars and trucks no longer need drivers. Executives can get digital personal assistants to read their e-mail and manage their schedules. Cities may soon send robots instead of rescue teams to save people from natural disaster areas. And medical sensors and machine-to-machine communication can now do the work of some caregivers, monitoring and helping to manage patient care.
Autonomous Robot Surgeon Bests Humans in World First
In a robotic surgery breakthrough, a bot stitched up a pig's small intestines using its own vision, tools, and intelligence to carry out the procedure. What's more, the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) did a better job on the operation than human surgeons who were given the same task.
Medical technology: New devices that regulate the steady delivery of drugs within the body are on the way
THE problem with most pills is that their benefits do not last long. Chemicals get released into the body, they have their effect and then they get flushed out. For acute disorders, such short-term tactics may work well, but for chronic diseases they are far from ideal.
Smart DNA nanobots mount a deadly attack on cancer cells, First human trial this year
Cancer is one of the biggest killers in the world. Every year it takes more than 8 million lives which amounts to approximately 50% of the amount diagnosed with the disease. The most unfortunate is the suffering that the patient and the family has to go through.
MIT's tiny origami robots hint at future dissolving nano-surgeons
The Transformers that light up movie screens are gigantic automatons that morph noisily from motorcycle to metal monster. But the first real-life shape-shifters are tiny, gentle, wafer-thin robots that flit like butterflies. A group from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory recently showed off this concept.
Robotic microscallops can swim through the bloodstream, eyeball fluid to deliver vital medicine
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems researchers are now a step closer to using microrobots for medical tasks, creating microscallops that are small enough for use in bodily fluids but still strong and smart enough to navigate through said bodily fluids. Technology is nowhere near shrinking a team and shipping them off to perform surgery from within.
Are robots the future of surgery, or a pricey marketing gimmick?
Luke Skywalker had his amputated hand repaired by one. The Transformers had one that turned into an ambulance. And they have been among us on Earth, operating quietly since 1985. Robot surgeons are nothing new and they are not science fiction, though the real-life machines may not be instantly familiar to Star Wars fans.
Should You Let Robots Perform Surgery On You?
It's a question that will become more prominent as time goes on: Should we let robots perform surgery on us? The answer, as is the case with most big questions in medicine, is decidedly complicated. But a study made freely available this month on the Cornell University-hosted arXiv.org may provide us with some important context.
In the case of enhanced open surgery, autonomous instruments (in familiar configurations) replace traditional steel tools, performing certain actions (such as rib spreading) with much smoother, feedback-controlled motions than could be achieved by a human hand.
Game-changer: Dechoker medical device could end deaths by choking
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10 Medical Robots That Could Change Healthcare
From microbots that scrape plaque from arteries to personal assistant robots that help care for patients, medical robots are transforming the face of healthcare. Robots aren't new to healthcare. Remember the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgical assistant the FDA approved back in 2000?
Blood-cell sized robots that can do things like traveling in the bloodstream destroying pathogens, removing debris, correcting DNA errors, and reversing agi...
IEEE Spectrum: Medical Robots
All about medical robotics, medical robots, surgical robots, hospital robots, plus robot videos and articles on robot surgery and hospital automation
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