How surgical robots are assisting with surgery

A collaboration between Wyss Associate Faculty member Robert Woodand and Robotics engineer Hiroyuki Suzuki.

Remember when cellular phones were the size and thickness of a brick? Surgical robots have also evolved, upsizing capability while downsizing girth. The mini-RCM is the size of tennis ball and weighs only a few grams, yet can perform difficult surgeries in test situations, making it smaller, lighter and better than existing surgical robots.

The robot is the size of a tennis ball, weighs about as much as a penny, and successfully performed a difficult mock surgical task, as described in a recent issue of Nature Machine Intelligence.

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