Robot TU / e surgeon makes vibration and five times more precise operate




A prototype robot from the Eindhoven University of Technology allows surgeons are able to perform. Vibration-free and extremely precise operations Movements that performs the surgeon with two joysticks are accurately ‘scaled’ to the arms of the robot.

Mechanical Raimondo Cau, a PhD student at the TU / e, developed with Professor Maarten Steinbuch robot specifically for reconstructive surgery, in which tissue is moved to recover. The adhere to blood vessels and nerves to new tissue required for this type of operation as much accuracy that few surgeons and the waiting lists are so long.

The robot has two joysticks and a foot pedal which should be by the surgeon operated. The great movements of the arms of the surgeon are translated into hyper-precise movements of the robotic arms with scalpel or other tools. The foot pedal enables to determine the accuracy.

The system with the joysticks filters out hand-shake and supports force feedback to give. Surgeon a clear indication of tiny touches In addition to a five times higher accuracy than is possible with human hands and a decrease in the workload of the physician, the benefit that new operations coming within reach that human surgeons can hardly do. The researchers will continue to develop the prototype together with the Maastricht University Medical Center.

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