EghtesadOnline: Iranian researcher studying at Harvard University with the cooperation of Deakin University researchers succeeded to develop a robot which gives surgeons a sense of touch when using robots during operations.
Researchers have developed a robot named Hero Surg fitted with sensors that deliver subtle vibrations to surgeons’ hands, enabling them to sense pressure applied against the patient. The system also features an automatic collision avoidance feature, which ensures that the robotic arm doesn’t mistakenly bump into its surroundings, reports ISNA.
A robot named da Vinci has helped surgeons make precise incisions since 2000. The system has been hailed by many as a surgical revolution but it has one big drawback — surgeons can’t feel their way through an operation and have to rely solely on their sight. This lack of haptic feedback makes it difficult to distinguish healthy tissue from tumors, and takes away a key sense that surgeons so often depend on.
But the creators behind a new robotic system called HeroSurg hope to restore haptic feedback for surgeons to make robotic surgery safer and more precise.
HeroSurg is still in its development phase and won’t be clinically available for at least another two years, but the system will offer a competitively priced and valuable option for robotic surgery.