(Sky News) — Robotic instruments that endow surgeons with “super-human” powers are being developed by Hamlyn Centre of Imperial College London. Gauthier Gras of Imperial College recently demonstrated a probe that gives medics “see-through” vision, allowing them to spot structures normally hidden from view. It also warns them if they are pressing too hard on delicate tissues. The probe pinpoints its position in the brain using sensors and then takes information from pre-operative scans to “augment” what the surgeon sees on a monitor.
Surgical robots currently used in NHS hospitals tower over the operating table. Scientists at Imperial College are shrinking the technology into hand-held smart tools or into instruments so small they can’t be seen with the naked eye. Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, director of the center, said, “The type of robot we are making is getting smaller and smaller.”Tags: Gauthier Gras, Hamlyn Centre of Imperial College, Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, robotics