Robotics have been a welcome addition to hospitals and care facilities for some time, but this unique bot could help surgeons treat brain cancer, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease in a way that seems almost futuristic. The ROSA robot looks a bit like a small robotic arm that you might see in a modern factory, but rather than assembling parts and products, ROSA works to direct medical instruments during various types of brain surgeries. This surgical robot is able to imitate the movement of a human arm and has allowed surgeons to complete vital surgeries in ways that are less invasive, and more efficient and precise.
“Cranial surgery is used to treat certain forms of epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease or to remove tumors. Once the surgery has started, ROSA will direct the instruments to the entry point and follow the pre-planned trajectory by pressing a button on the robot. Depending on the procedure, the surgeon can use different tools with the ROSA robot to perform different surgeries on the patient such as implanting electrodes to stimulate areas within the brain or guide probes to perform biopsies. This procedure also reduces the time patients spend under anesthesia.”
ROSA robots have already been put to use in the U.S. and Europe, with new units now available in Boston, Baltimore and Dallas. With the successful implementation of this technology, what other surgical robots do you think we’ll see in the near future?