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10 Medical Robots That Could Change Healthcare

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. 1 of 11 Robots aren't new to healthcare. Remember the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgical assistant the FDA approved back in 2000? Since then, the system has conducted more than 20,000 surgeries and has paved the way for robotic advancements in healthcare. In fact, vendors have introduced a number of new robots to better provide care to remote patients, help with various physical therapies and -- similar to the da Vinci system -- help perform surgery. For example, Magnetic Microbots are a group of tiny robots used in various operations, such as removing plaque from a patient's arteries or helping with ocular conditions and disease screenings. And that's no surprise considering the mounting financial difficulties the industry faces. Click through to see 10 medical robots that have the potential to transform healthcare.

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Robots taking over to help medical research It has been a long and stealthy takeover, but robots now dominate many leading bioscience laboratories, doing in just hours what once took days or weeks. Now the convergence of automation with nanotechnologies, biomedics and advanced algorithms promises to take robotization of medical research much further. In May of this year, Ross King, professor of machine intelligence at the UK's University of Manchester, traveled east to talk to students at the University of Nottingham campus in Ningbo, China. His paper "Robot scientists: Automating biology and chemistry" was a vindication of theories he and colleagues first proposed almost a decade ago. In a 2004 letter to the journal Nature, they asked whether it might be possible to automate the actual "discovery" process of observation, deduction and conclusion. This would use a physically implemented robotic system that applied techniques from artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out cycles of scientific experimentation.

Medical robots Medical robots are robots that allow surgeons greater access to areas under operation using more precise and less invasive methods. They are in most telemanipulators, which use the surgeon's actions on one side to control the "effector" on the other side. Types of medical robots[edit] Surgical robots Their most important feature is their high precision. Rehabilitation robots Medical Robotics and Computer-Assisted Surgery: The Global Market 2014 LONDON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This report identifies and segments the main types of medical robotics and computer-assisted surgery (MRCAS) devices that have been commercialized to date. It analyzes the historical and current volume and value of shipments of each of these product segments in specified applications and geographical markets. It also evaluates the impact of demographic, economic and other factors that will drive future demand for MRCAS devices and includes forecasts through 2019. Highlights- The global market for medical robotics and computer-assisted surgical (MRCAS) equipment was worth nearly $2.7 billion in 2013. INTRODUCTIONSTUDY BACKGROUNDInformation technology plays a key role in an ever-widening range of human activities, including surgery. These computers, electronic equipment and instruments are referred to collectively as medical robotics and computer-assisted surgery (MRCAS) or, more dramatically, "theoperating room of the future."

Medical robotics: Would you trust a robot with a scalpel? Driverless cars? Google has already wheeled one out. Robo-cops? New Da Vinci Xi Surgical Robot Is Optimized for Complex Procedures Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci series of surgical robots have been conducting FDA-approved minimally invasive surgery on humans for well over a decade now, and the company is continually trying to make its robots better at performing operations with the absolute minimum of cuttingyouopenness. Last week, Intuitive released a fancy new version of the da Vinci robot, the Xi, which it says has more capabilities than previous models and is optimized for complex procedures. A quick reminder if you're not familiar with the da Vinci: It's not an automated surgical system. Rather, it's remote controlled by a human surgeon. The word "remote" might be a bit misleading, though: while the system is capable of being operated from just about anywhere, it's most common to have the surgeon sitting right next to it, in the operating room with the patient. In case you didn't catch all that, here's the rundown on what's new and improved in the Xi:

Panasonic breaks into robotics with medical robot Panasonic said Tuesday has developed a medical robot that dispenses drugs to patients, the Japanese electronics giant's first step into robotics. Panasonic will sell the robot to Japanese hospitals next March and will market it in the United States and Europe later. Panasonic spokesman Akira Kadota said the robot will cost several tens of millions of yen (hundreds of thousands of dollars). "This robot is the first in our robotics project. It sorts out injection drugs to patients, saving time for pharmacists," said Kadota.

Hansen Medical Announces Completion of First Robot-Assisted Uterine Fibroid Embolization Procedure in United States MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Oct 21, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Hansen Medical, Inc. HNSN, +7.60% a global leader in intravascular robotics, today announced the completion of the first robot-assisted Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) in the United States. Sandeep Rao, MD, Interventional Radiologist, performed the procedure at Sierra Medical Center in El Paso, Texas using the Magellan Robotic System. "I am extremely pleased by the outcome of this initial procedure," said Dr. Rao. Robotics Institute Research Guide : Medical Robotics In the area of Medical Robotics, current projects at RI span basic and applied research in multiple areas, including: 1. Computer-assisted surgery,2. Interventional robots,3. Smart medical and diagnostic tools,4. 2D and 3D medical image analysis and informatics,5. Virtual and augmented reality, and 6.

Are robots the future of surgery, or a pricey marketing gimmick? The da Vinci Surgery System was the first robotic system to be approved by the FDA for general laparoscopic surgery, and it has dominated the field of robot-assisted surgery since then.Image credit: Intuitive Surgical In 1985, the PUMA 560 robotic surgical arm successfully assisted in a delicate neurosurgical biopsy. This marked the first documented robot-assisted surgery. Two years later, the first laparoscopic procedure - a cholecystectomy - was performed using the robotic system, and in 1988, PUMA was used to perform transurethral resection. Medical Robotics Professor Guang-Zhong Yang discussing medical robotics with Dr George Mylonas Research in surgical robot has an established track record at Imperial College London and a number of research and commercial surgical robot platforms have been developed over the years. These include PROBOT (for prostatectomy) and ACROBOT (for hands-on knee surgery) by Prof Brian Davies, and i-Snake® by Professor Guang-Zhong Yang and Professor Ara Darzi. The Hamlyn Centre is a champion for technological innovation and clinical adoption of robotic surgery for minimally invasive surgery. The da Vinci surgical robot is used extensively for endoscopic radical prostetectomy, hiatal hernia surgery, and low pelvic and rectal surgery, and in 2003, St Mary’s Hospital carried out its first Totally Endoscopic Robotic Coronary Artery Bypass (TECAB).

Surgical robots to provide open-source platform for medical robotics research January 12, 2012 In a basement on the University of Washington campus perch seven identical robots. Named Raven, each has two winglike arms that end in tiny claws designed to perform surgery on a simulated patient. Soon the robots will be flown to campuses across the country, where they will provide the first common research platform to develop the future of surgical robotics. Members of the public are invited to view the robots at an open house Friday, Jan. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UWs Electrical Engineering Building. Three of the seven Raven II robots.

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