Cranial surgery, in which the skull has to be opened in order to expose the brain, is an exceptionally challenging and risky procedure, and one that is set to be made a little more efficient and precise by the introduction of an innovative, skull-drilling surgical robot.
Developed by engineers over at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, this surgical robot is effectively an automated milling machine that is fitted with a surgical drill that is capable of performing drilling operations to sub-millimeter accuracy, as well as a flexible arm mechanism for easy movement.
This robot is still in the testing phase, but it promises a range of advantages in the future, including the ability to carry out complex cranial surgeries with reduced risk and effort.
Image Credit: Bart van Overbeeke
Skull-Drilling Surgical Robots
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