Inno-Snippet No. 83

 

First medical robot for autonomous navigation inside the body

 

Surgeons have used robots inside ORs for a while now and it has also been shown, that tiny robots can be steered from outside the body e.g. by magnetic forces. Now in a first demonstration, bioengineers at the Boston Children’s Hospital deployed a robotic catheter navigating autonomously using an optical touch sensor. With the help of AI, image processing algorithms, a map of the cardiac anatomy and preoperative scans, the sensor was able to determine its location in the heart as well as locate a leaking replacement heart valve. Once the catheter reached the leak, an experienced surgeon took over.

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