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Surgical robotics for therapy and diagnosis

Funding body

Brunel University London

 

Project description

Robotic technology in surgical therapy has demonstrated accurate and consistent tool trajectories in contrast with manual intervention. It has been a great achievement to deploy these machines in the operating theatre in close proximity to patients and staff and now commercial systems are available.

Our focus is to devise robotic devices that interact with tissues to control the state and behaviour of tissues during processes. The research has contributed significantly by pioneering novel techniques for sensing and control to deliver precise therapy relative to tissue position in real time. Using these techniques, it is possible to work with accuracies measured in microns relative to deforming tissues, expose delicate membranes without penetration and to significantly reduce tissue trauma and maximise tissue preservation.