Surgical robots are increasingly used as surgeons demand more accuracy with smaller incisions and many first generation robots were large machines based on industrial arms. Numbers of these are still in daily clinical use.
Today’s second generation robots are hand-sized. They are bespoke designs for specific tasks. They allow new procedures that are not practicable by hand and eye.
New sensors, real time imaging and miniature mechanisms offer even more uses for surgical robots. Tiny tools under image-guidance can place cochlear implants to treat profound deafness. Snake manipulators can navigate to disease sites within the abdomen without leaving scars. Micro-scale technology is being used to design swimming and crawling robots. These can move freely within body cavities. Examples of all these devices are undergoing laboratory trials.
This one-day seminar features leading researchers in the UK and Europe discussing their latest work. It will appeal to surgeons wishing to refresh their knowledge. It will interest medical device manufacturers looking for new market opportunities. Of course it will also attract present and future researchers to survey the scene,
exchange ideas and form links for future work.