Medical Robotics

Mini-Robots to Rove Around Your Insides

Posted 26 Jan 2006 at 13:07 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

How will a doctor get at your insides in the future? Well from the inside of course! Dmitry Oleynikov and colleagues at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha have developed prototype miniature radio-controlled robots that can rove around your insides. The tiny robot is only 15 millimeters in diameter and designed for various Surgical Endoscopy procedures. The size and shape allows for a tiny incision for inserting the robot through minimally invasive keyhole surgery. For locomotion the bot has two rotating aluminum cylinders with a spiral pattern that augers the robot forward or backward yet won't damage your insides. The center axle has a camera for taking pictures and a needle for taking biopsies.

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