Medical Robotics

Practicing Medicine on Robo-patients

Posted 13 Dec 2005 at 16:06 UTC by steve Share This

Roland Piquepaille writes, "These days, it seems that robots are very busy delivering drugs in hospitals or replacing nurses, doctors and even surgeons. But robots also can replace human patients. For example, at McMaster University in Canada, medical students are using robo-patients to practice their clinical skills before they reach human patients. Their simulator lab training center features a $100,000 computerized, human-like robot that mimics bodily functions such as breathing or heartbeat. And there are other plans at McMaster and other universities to extend this kind of training program to all kinds of medical disciplines with a whole family of robo-patients." For more details on medical training robots see Roland's blog.

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