Fremont, CA: Robotics has resulted in a significant shift in the way we interact as well as our daily lives. We are propelled by cutting-edge technology. Every day, we come across discoveries that push us inexorably forward. This future is primarily driven by robotics, with robots performing the majority of the world's tasks. In the field of medical robotics, the healthcare industry is at a crossroads. Because of robotics, there has been a lot of progress in the healthcare industry. Let's take a look at the most recent advances in medical science brought about by robotics.
An endoscopy is a procedure in which a small camera attached to a long wire is inserted into the body through a "natural opening" to look for damage, foreign objects, or disease traces. It is a painful and delicate procedure that may soon be a thing of the past. New advancements in the procedure, such as those made by Medineering, make use of slender, flexible robots that can be driven like an RC car to the exact location required by the doctor. They can then hold there without the tremors of human hands and use a variety of tools to do everything from taking a biopsy to cauterize a wound. Even more impressive are "capsule endoscopies," in which the procedure is reduced to swallowing a pill-sized robot that travels along one's digestive tract, gathering data, and taking pictures that can be sent straight to a processor for diagnostics.
Actuated and Sensory Prostheses
In recent years, the field of prosthetics has advanced to the point where the question is no longer "can we make a suitable replacement for a limb," but rather "can we make something even better than nature?" Researchers at MIT's Biomechatronics lab have developed gyroscopically actuated robotic limbs able to track their position in three-dimensional space and adjusting their joints up to 750 times per second. On top of that, they've created bionic skins and neural implant systems that communicate with the nervous system, allowing the user to receive tactile feedback from the prosthetic and control it like a normal limb.