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Surgical Robots on the Surface and in the Deep

Surgical robots are putting themselves about.

A fantastic experimental robot is reviewed in 24 April 2007 New Scientist. The Heartlander is inserted using a minimally invasive technique. It then attaches itself by evacuated suckers to the heart and inches its way across it concertina like injecting medication and attaching devices. You can read the article and see the device in action here.

Meanwhile, aquanauts on the NASA NEEMO mission are experimenting with telesurgery using robotic arms.


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