Medical robots the size of bacteria

Friday, 5 February, 2016
Robots the size of bacteria represent the future of medical surgery, ERC research team BOTMED have developed microrobots, currently being tested on animals, that will be able to enter the body through natural pathways and perform key medical procedures with minimal impact. This development is a step forward as important as the advent of endoscopic surgery in the 1980s.

A microrobot docked in a retinal vein model, ©  ETH Zurich – IRIS – MSRL

So far, these devices are being used for eye surgery, but their implementation could prove useful for the treatment of many parts of the body.

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Microrobotics and Nanomedicine
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