Paging Dr Robot: roboticists successfully embed cochlear implant

For some time, engineers have claimed that surgical robot systems have the potential to enhance and surpass human skill and dexterity.

Despite extensive research, there have been limited successful use cases, and previous applications to the clinic lacked efficacy and efficiency.

This week, a multidisciplinary team from University of Bern announced the successful implementation of a high-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation.

The critical development was a reliable, computer-controlled safety mechanism when drilling a hole into the patient’s skull.

In the video below, Prof Stefan Weber describes efforts to develop a robot “do something that human surgeons actually cannot” do: precisely measuring position to 25 microns accuracy with simultaneous intra-operative tissue monitoring.

Read more: Science Robotics / Science Daily / University of Bern

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This story is taken from the 17 March 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.