7 Robotic inventions for Medical field

1.STAR Robot for “Soft Tissue” Surgery:

Johns Hopkins University researchers developed a robotic surgical system called the Smart Tissue Automation Robot (STAR). It features a 3D imaging system and a near-infrared sensor to spot fluorescent markers along the edges of the tissue to keep the robotic suture needle on track. Unlike most other robot-assisted surgical systems, it operates under the surgeon’s supervision, but without hands-on guidance.

2.Swarms of tiny robots are joining forces to break through blocked arteries:

Engineers at Drexel university are developing microrobots that can move like corkscrew-shaped bacteria for dealing with blocked arteries.
Once flow is restored in the artery, the microswimmer chains could disperse and be used to deliver anti-coagulant medication directly to the effected area to prevent future blockage.

The microswimmers are composed of inorganic biodegradable beads so they will not trigger an immune response in the body.
The Success rate of this new procedure is more than the existing procedures like angioplasty, and possibly shorten recovery time.

3.Soft Robot helps the Heart beat:

Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers have developed a customizable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially opening new treatment options for people suffering from heart failure. Unlike currently available devices that assist heart function,

Harvard’s soft robotic sleeve does not directly contact blood. This reduces the risk of clotting and eliminates the need for a patient to take potentially dangerous blood thinner medications. The device may one day be able to bridge a patient to transplant or to aid in cardiac rehabilitation and recovery.

4.Soft Robotic Glove puts control in the grasp of hand-impaired patients:

Harvard Engineers have developed a soft robotic glove that allows people with limited hand mobility to grasp and pick up objects. This device could help the estimated 6.8 million people in the United States who have hand mobility issues, whether from a degenerative condition, stroke, or old age.

5.Automated Robotic Device For Faster Blood Testing:

Rutgers researchers have created an automated blood drawing and testing device that provides rapid results, potentially improving the workflow in hospitals and other health-related institutions to allow health care practitioners to spend more time treating patients.

6.EPFL’s New Remote-Controlled Microrobots for Medical Operations:

Scientists have developed a new method for building microrobots that could be used in the body to deliver drugs and perform other medical operations. Unlike conventional robots, these microrobots are soft, flexible, and motor-less. They are made of a biocompatible hydrogel and magnetic nanoparticles. These nanoparticles have two functions. They give the microrobots their shape during the manufacturing process, and make them move and swim when an electromagnetic field is applied.

7.Stingray-inspired Soft Biobot:

UCLA researchers have developed a tissue-based soft robot that mimics the biomechanics of a stingray. The new technology could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics, regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics.
The development of such bioinspired systems could enable future robotics that contain both biological tissues and electronic system. This advancement could be used for medical therapies such as personalized tissue patches to strengthen cardiac muscle tissue for heart attack patients.

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