The researchers have developed a robot for brain surgery


30/11/2011

The new robot will be able to do brain surgery 10 times more accurate than humans. Neurosurgeons will assist in the conduct of operations robot, which will carry out delicate operations on the brain.

The European Commission has called the project ROBOCAST breakthrough in robotic neurosurgery. This may assist in the future treatment of diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and Tourette’s syndrome.

Participated in the development of researchers from the UK, Germany, Italy and Israel. The robotic arm, which will manage the surgeon is able to do 13 types of movements, while the human hand, during minimally traumatic surgery is available only four.

Roboruka equipped with even a "tactile sensor", which will allow the surgeon to assess tissue and feel the amount of applied force during the operation.

At the moment, the robot has only been tested on the test models during laparoscopic (minimally traumatic type of operation, which is different small incision in the 0.5-1.5 cm) - was a small hole in the skull, which allows manipulation of the tissue or collect blood and other liquids.

"Robots can reduce surgeon’s hand tremor tenfold, making them invaluable helpers during delicate brain surgery," - said the commission.

The European Union, marking European Robotics Week, parallel financed another similar project, which developed three robots designed to help neurosurgeons.

The EU’s executive Commission has already spent 400 million euros to 100 robotehnicheskih projects. As stated in Brussels, the global demand for food robotics in 2010 reached 15.5 billion euros, of which Europe accounts 3,000,000,000.

Original: Physorg


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