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Healthcare Robotics: Patently Incredible Inventions

Medical robots will change the operating room much like PCs reshaped the office. Get an advance look from these cutting-edge robotic technology patents and patent applications.
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The use of micro-robots for delivering drugs into specific areas of the body offers the possibility of targeting the regions with cancerous cells only, instead of spreading the drug all over the body. A serious restriction for reaching narrow vessels of the body is the size of the motor of micro-robot, which can be up to several millimeters.

The proposed solution by the researchers at Chonnam National University in South Korea in this patent application (US Patent App No: US 20110184388) is the use of bacteria as motors. The micro-robot is made of two parts:

1. The bacteria used as a motor.

2. A microstructure carrying the drug-injecting mechanism.

The bacteria move the micro-robot to the cancerous region, after which the microstructure can treat the disease by spraying the drug.

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12/30/2013 | 4:26:00 AM
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9/20/2013 | 5:14:06 AM
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Wow great technology. Happy to be in this generation.
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9/13/2013 | 7:18:16 PM
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A head-mounted robot operating on me? That is a technology leap of faith.
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9/13/2013 | 2:02:04 PM
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Which of these do you think has the most potential?
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