Soon Robots could take over Doctors

March 22, 2011 at 8:22 am Leave a comment

Doctors are treated like God but what if we reach a day when we have to consult a robot for a medical issue or a robot has to be taken an appointment with for a checkup. Well that day is not far. Science and Technology have carved the path for the same. Robots that had been a dream project for many countries have now been trained to operate on human beings. They were once human dolls but today man is encouraging their make for them to stand as well equipped and knowledgeable doctors to perform on human bodies.

A news from one of the latest reports showed that a medical operation was done by a computer-controlled robot in Shenzhen, a special economic zone in south China’s Guangdong Province. The operation was done at the Shenzhen People’s Hospital to remove the gallbladder from a 32-year-old female patient. Last year, the hospital imported a medical robot system dubbed Zeus from the United States at a cost of US$1.5 million, according to Dr. Zhou Hanxin, president of the hospital. The success of the robot-conducted operation will, in theory at least, make it feasible for American doctors to directly control a robot arm in China from a long distance.

Medical robots could not only be used for operations but they could also be utilized for training surgeons and providing in-depth knowledge to students. These robots provide standardized operation, which reduces the time required to perform any medical operation. Besides they work on automation and perfection. They provide positional certainty and confined movement, which can lead to improved post-operative outcomes. The major potential advantages of medical robots are precision and miniaturization in medical operations.

Mr. Woytiuk, The world’s first surgical robot was the “Arthrobot”, which was developed and used for the first time in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1983. The robot was developed by a team led by Dr. James McEwen and Geof Auchinlek, in collaboration with orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Brian Day. National Geographic produced a movie on robotics which featured the Arthrobot. In 1985 a robot, the PUMA 560, was used to place a needle for a brain biopsy using CT scan guidance.

With Time passing and technology improving, Robots are now carrying out a full-fledged operation and that day is not far when we would be consulting robots and asking their opinion on our medical issues. Not only this, there could even be a possibility that each house owns a personal doctor robot to assist them any time.

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