Magnetically Manipulated Soft Surgical Robot With Lockable Joints

­­­MAGNETICALLY MANIPULATED SOFT SURGICAL ROBOT WITH LOCKABLE JOINTS Simpler, Quicker, & Smother: The Future Of Minimally Invasive In Vivo Surgery THE PROBLEM The popularity of minimally invasive robotic surgeries has grown exponentia…

­­­MAGNETICALLY MANIPULATED SOFT SURGICAL ROBOT WITH LOCKABLE JOINTS
Simpler, Quicker, & Smother: The Future Of Minimally Invasive In Vivo Surgery

THE PROBLEM

The popularity of minimally invasive robotic surgeries has grown exponentially due to smaller incisions, reduced recovery time, lower medical costs, and reduced infection risks than traditional methods. However, the pathways used by these tools are complex and require a highly experienced medical professional as the pilot. Even then, reinsertion and repositioning might be necessary to reach the destination, increasing the likelihood of damaging the surrounding tissue and the surgery duration. A better tool is needed for surgeons to perform these procedures more simply and quickly using one smooth motion.

OUR SOLUTION

Researchers at The University of Alabama have developed a new robotic surgical tool that uses magnetorheological (MR) fluid soft joints, rigid, polymeric links, driving tendons, and time-division multiplexing to improve navigation through small diameter biological systems. This novel invention allows the medical professional to use external software to suggest specific locking sequences and path-finding patterns rather than physically driving the robot in real-time. The new tool combines the speed and robust response of MR fluids with the accuracy and controllability of parallel tendons, creating a faster, more efficient, and safer surgical device capable of performing both inside medical facilities as well as outside in various field scenarios. The innovation has wide-reaching applications in healthcare, military, emergency search-and-rescue, and aerospace.

THE ADVANTAGES

  • Faster than current methods
  • More accurate with a higher level of control
  • Smoother movements reduce potential tissue damage
  • Increased efficiency reduces the duration of surgery
  • Lower infection risks and recovery times
  • Can be used outside of the operating room

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Department : Office for Innovation & Commercialization

Email: liscales@aalan.ua.edu

Phone: 348-5433