12 Advances In Medical Robotics
January 29, 2011 06:00 AM Robots play a critical -- and growing -- role in modern medicine, from training the next generation of doctors, dentists, and nurses, to comforting and protecting elderly patients in the early stages of dementia. Using robots, medical professionals can make smaller incisions for shorter surgeries, reducing hospital stays and improving patients' prognoses and saving costs. As robots become even smaller and developers continue to further integrate the devices with artificial intelligence, the medical community will continuously expand the ways in which it uses this technology to save patients, improve quality of life and prevent health problems. At the other end of the spectrum, medical schools are turning to robots that mimic live patients' feelings of pain or discomfort to help the next wave of doctors and dentists prepare to treat real people. Of course, dummies and cadavers are not new to medical students, but by giving students access to sensitive patients, healthcare educators hope to hone the bedside manners of soon-to-be doctors and dentists.
Da Vinci Si HD Surgical System
Intuitive Surgical developed the da Vinci robotic system to perform minimally invasive surgeries through superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision, and ergonomic comfort. With incisions of only 1 or 2 centimeters, surgeons can perform even complex procedures such as open-heart surgery, according to Intuitive Surgical. The system reduces hospital stays by half, reducing costs by about one-third, because of less pain and speedier recovery, according to the company.