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(Robotics) Snake Like Robots Being Developed For Throat Surgery

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posted on Dec, 26 2006 @ 07:38 PM
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Snake-like robots are under development at Johns Hopkins Uni-
versity for use in throat surgery.
The tiny robotic "snakes" have tools at the ends and are fabri-
cated from non-magnetic materials.

During surgical procedures, a physician would sit at a worksta-
tion showing a three-dimensional view of the site of the
operation.
Software would control the movement of the robot, following the
direction of the doctor.

The snakelike robots are highly maneuverable - they can form
tight S-curves and have six degrees of freedom.
They will help surgeons make incisions and even tie sutures with
greater precision.
They will require another five years of development and experi-
mentation before use with human patients.


SOURCE:
TechNovelgy.com


A very interesting development in Medical Robotics.
I hope that this technology can help make throat surgery
more precise, safer and easier for doctors than it currently is.


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