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Snake-Like Robots Perform Intricate Operations Where Surgeons Can’t Reach

Snake-Like Robots Perform Intricate Operations Where Surgeons Can’t Reach
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More delicate surgeries are now assisted by robotic medical tools.

Yi Chen
  • 30 may 2012


Scientists and doctors are now using robots to assists in surgery on hearts, cancer, and other organs of the human body. These ‘snakebots’ are able to wield medical tools at the end of their arms, such as tiny cameras, forceps, and scissors. These robots can perform delicate operations that require precision, and are mainly used when a surgeon can’t reach or see a certain area.

Dr. Michael Argenziano, Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center in New York, explained that,

The robots’ give surgeons a whole new perspective. It’s like the ability to have little hands inside the patients, as if the surgeon had been shrunken, and was working on the heart valve.

Dr. Argenziano also added that, “It won’t be very long before we have robots that are nanobots, meaning they will actually be inside the body without tethers.”

Associated Press

 

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