Researchers at the Centre for Online Health at the University of Queensland, have developed a Robot named ‘ELIZA’ which is meant to fix serious medical problems in countryside hospitals, where there is a shortage of medical staff. The Robot has a microphone, a video camera and a TV screen, which acts as an interface between the Doctor and the Patient. Eliza has joined Roy (another Robot) in Gladstone District Hospital, in central Queensland. Lets see how Dr. Eliza treats the patients…
Engineers at the Johns Hopkins Urology Robotics Lab are reporting the invention of a new MRI robot dubbed PneuStep that is intended to work within strong magnetic fields of the MRI machine and perform the MRI-guided organ biopsies. The new motor, which is without metal or electricity, can power robotic medical devices that are controlled remotely to be used for cancer biopsies and therapies The results are quicker and even more accurate as compared to that of human hand. The robot goes together with the patient in the MRI scanner and is controlled remotely by monitoring the images on the MR. It is claimed to increase precision in locating and gathering tissue samples, reduce diagnostic errors and also improve therapy.
Scientists are now reporting a leech-like robotic caterpillar that can repair damaged hearts. It can crawl across the surface of the heart to offer the treatment. Developed by US scientists, a prototype of the HeartLander device has been successfully tested on pigs. When it gets inside to the body, it can inject drugs, attach pacemaker, or even destroy damaged tissues. The miniature robot, which is a few centimeters long, is able to reach speed of 18 centimeters per minute and the movement is controlled by “push and pull” wires from outside the body while its progress is viewed on a TV screen. The HeartLander is an upshot of the brainchild of scientists at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director of the British Heart Foundation said: Whilst this is interesting, it remains to be seen whether it can deliver useful treatments for heart patients. The invention asks for further research and it might fend off the need for open-heart surgery in the near future. Via: BBC
We earlier reported that Japanese researchers have developed a prototype model of the micro medical robot that can reside and travel inside a human body to eliminate disease especially cancer. However, now, Dr. Nir Schwalb and Oded Salomon of the College of Judea and Sumaria in Ariel and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have unveiled their miniature robot that is only one-millimeter in diameter. Dr. Nir Shvalb of the College of Judea and Samaria on Monday, said: For the first time a miniature robot has been planned and constructed, that has the unique ability to crawl within the human body’s veins and arteries. The robot will be able to crawl against the bloodstream with a force typical of blood vessels within the body without any problem, which has not been possible before. The scientists also anticipate to let this tiny android to swim through our veins and arteries to combat all kinds of troubles. It does not hold any onboard power and functions on external magnetic forces to impel itself through bloodstream. It is also reportedly said that this tiny android will chiefly aim to sort complications in cancer cells. Will this tiny robot also combat attacking white blood cells? It is still unclear but we will definitely keep you posted. Via: Blog.scifi