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Testing robots

Posted in General,Software testing by testing in London on December 30, 2006


Robots are increasingly coming to the rescue for humans undergoing delicate surgeries, say experts at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Engineers and computer scientists at the university’s National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology are working closely with physicians to build robotic tools that can enhance the surgeon’s skills.

The tools include a snakelike robot that could allow surgeons to manipulate surgical instruments in narrow spaces such as the throat region. The robotic assistant would help surgeons make incisions and tie sutures with greater dexterity and precision.

Another tool being developed and tested is the steady-hand robot, which can grasp a needle and work in tandem with a surgeon’s movements, reducing hand tremor that can complicate microsurgery. This robot could allow surgeons to inject drugs into tiny blood vessels in the eye, dissolving clots that can damage vision.

These robotic devices will require about five more years of testing and improvements in a lab environment before they find their way into operating rooms.

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