One day in the near future neurosurgeons may get some help in the operating room from a robot that will have movements that will be at least ten times steadier you’re your human hand. This robot will be used to do delicate brain surgeries. The European Commission is saying that this project is a “breakthrough in robotic neurosurgery”. This type of robotic neurosurgery could help in the future to treat epilepsy, Tourette syndrome, tumors, and Parkinson’s disease.
This steady handed robot was developed by German, Italian, Israeli, and British researchers. A surgeon will guide the robotic hand, which has thirteen different movements in comparison to the four that are available to human hands during invasive surgery. The robotic hand will even give clues which will let surgeons feel the amount of the force they are applying during surgery and to access tissue.
So far the robot has only been used and tested on a dummy performing just keyhole neurosurgery. This type of surgery is where a probe will enter a small hole in a skull to take blood and other liquids or to manipulate tissue. Using a robot like this one can help to reduce the surgeon’s tremor tenfold. This will help to make them very useful to protect the important delicate brain matter.
At this time, there is not projected date when this type of robot would be available to be used on humans.