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Inside the Robotic Operating Room of the Future

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Health care is always going to be a newsworthy issue, but what about futuristic health care? Digital Journal explored the sooner-than-we-think world of robotic medical machines.

Digital Journal — In a special Digital Journal investigation, we interviewed the leaders of advanced robotic technology who are adding a realistic sense of touch to surgical robotic tools.

The operating room of the future was on full display, as Quanser reps, Michael Armata and Paul Gilbert, demonstrated the efficacy of robot arms designed to improve techniques for minimally-invasive surgery. Plus, they showed us their "Rehab Robot," a tool to help stroke victims regain their fine motor skills.

Quanser CEO Gilbert said, "As we continue to make advancements, we will see a widening in the range of surgical procedures for which robotically-assisted surgery is suited... from brain-microsurgery to surgery over long distances.

Digital Journal toured the Markham, Ont., Quanser headquarters to find out how telesurgery and haptics technology can change the way health care is administered in the future. Robotic surgery is ushering in a new generation of medical tools that will undoubtedly become more ubiquitous as prices drop and more hospitals look to machines to supplement the skills of human surgeons.

Digital Journal learned how operating rooms and rehab centres will change for the better once companies like Quanser spread their technologies worldwide. Find out why today's medical robots are a sneak peek into tomorrow's health care saviours.

 

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Last Updated ( Monday, 14 April 2008 00:04 )  

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