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Slideshow: Medical Robots Assist Surgeons, Aid Paraplegics

Robots are helping those who are paralyzed or have leg injuries walk again, and they can fetch and manipulate everyday objects.

The term "medical robots" often brings to mind large surgical systems, such as the da Vinci or Renaissance models. Many think surgical robots will be the wave of the future, since they give surgeons remote access to patients and finely tuned instruments without the need for more invasive surgery. As we've reported, some surgical robots have even been proposed for assisting with the repair of NASA satellites.

But other types of robots are helping paralyzed people and those with leg injuries walk again. And they are helping caretakers transfer patients to and from bed. For people who are completely paralyzed, some robots are being developed that will fetch and manipulate everyday objects like bottles.

Click on the photo below to view our medical robot gallery showcasing 10 different systems and apps:

A specialized example of humanoid consumer robots is the ASSIST, a two-armed mobile manipulator that fetches and manipulates objects for quadriplegics.
(Source: Laboratoire d'Informatique de Robotique et de Microelectronique de Montpellier)

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