A group of engineers working out of Imperial College London have developed an innovative robotic rectum that is designed to make it easier than ever for medical students to learn how to safely and efficiently carry out prostate exams.
Prostate exams are an uncomfortable and disconcerting appearance at the best of times, and even more so when the practitioner in question isn't highly skilled. This is where this robotic comes in. The robot allows doctors-in-training to examine a real-life feel and even offers haptic feedback in addition to visualization tools that enable users to refine their prostate examination skills.
This robotic rectum speaks to the efficacy of robotic devices in training medical professionals for crucial and potentially life-saving procedures.