Robots have a lot of applications in society today, from manufacturing to some basic housekeeping, automated machines as what many would call them, are making useful contributions to everyday living.
But are we ready for a future with more advanced robotic systems? It may take some time before robots may actually take over their human counterparts. At the moment, we can see a lot of technological potentials for robots to become an operational component in IT solutions that can be leveraged by any IT consulting Virginia Beach as a performance-enhancing feature.
However, technology is taking robots a bit further and making strides in the fields of medicine.
Successful robot-assisted surgery
A team of eye surgeons assisted by a surgical robot successfully injected a thrombolytic drug in a hair-thin retinal vein of a patient to dissolve a blood clot.
The procedure, conducted by Dr. Peter Stalmans from the University Hospitals Leuven and his team of surgeons, inoculated a plasmin enzyme using a technique called retinal vein cannulation (RVC).
This was the first-ever robot-assisted procedure made due to the extreme precision needed to operate on retinal veins that are as thin as the human hair. The risky process of manual injection requires 10 minutes of non-stop inoculation of the drug into the affected section of the retina. A slight movement could damage the vein. The robot was developed by researchers at the ophthalmology and mechanical engineering departments from KU Leuven. The researchers also designed a 0.03-millimeter needle for use in the surgical process.
The surgeons successfully inserted a micro-fine needle directly into the retinal vein and eliminated vibrations while the ocriplasmin is administered slowly for 10 minutes straight.
The da Vinci surgical robot
The da Vinci surgical robot has been approved for use in laparoscopy procedures, giving doctors an edge in handling precise and delicate procedures to ensure the safety of patients going under the knife.
The robot allows doctors to make very precise incisions, as well as accurate positioning of medical tools during the surgical process.
Medical experts have reported high success rates in robot-assisted surgeries with the new technology, but people can rest assured that these processes are surgeon-operated and not fully automated for ethical reasons.
For now, autonomous AI-driven robots may find more realistic and impactful uses in IT service provider companies instead of the operating table in a hospital.