[extropy-chat] Surgical robots
pharos at gmail.com
Fri Apr 20 10:17:11 UTC 2007
Three major advances aided by surgical robots have been remote
surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and unmanned surgery. Major
potential advantages of robotic surgery are precision and
miniaturization. Further advantages are articulation beyond normal
manipulation and three-dimensional magnification. Some surgical robots
are autonomous, and they are not always under the control of a
surgeon. They are only sometimes used as tools to extend the surgical
skills of a trained surgeon.
(Check the links at the foot of this article).
Autonomous surgical robots are still rare at the present time.
Keyhole surgery robots are available now in some hospitals.
The army is especially interested in remote-control surgical robots
and a lot of development is going on.
A search on - surgical robot - (both a news search and a web search)
turns up lots of hits of exciting new developments.
It doesn't look as though these machines are very far away.
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