Robots: Robot-Assisted Surgery

Posted 28 Aug 2009 at 12:10 UTC by mwaibel Share This

The latest episode of the Robots Podcast takes a closer look at tele-operated surgery. Rainer Konietschke from the German Aerospace Centre DLR (which built the android Justin) presents the latest prototype of their MiroSurge robot. The goal of the robot is to assist surgeons with the cramped conditions in endoscopic (also called "keyhole") surgery, which is becoming more and more popular due to its numerous advantages over open surgery. MiroSurge does this by giving surgeons 6 degrees of freedom inside a patient. It also provides force feedback and gives doctors a 3-dimensional view of the interior of the operating area. Our second guest, Woung Youn Chung from the Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea, has just developed a novel method to treat patients with thyroid cancer using endoscopic surgery with another robotic system, the Da Vinci Medical Robot. Tune in!

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