Heralding a new era 

While they may not always look like us, they've long been extensions of ourselves. Why robotic systems can open the door to new levels of precision and care in medicine.

Origins: Where it all began

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History

Automatons

Humanoid robots

The vision of a machine, perhaps even of humanoid appearance, that never grows tired and makes life easier for humans is a dream we have been pursuing for centuries. When modern humans first set their sights on this goal some 2000 years ago, there were numerous technological obstacles to overcome. Some developments turned out to be dead ends, while others paved the way for breakthroughs that culminated in the robotic assistants we see in the healthcare sector today.

Today: Robots and medicine – A success story

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Minimally invasive interventions

Cardiovascular diseases

COVID-19

Any discussion regarding the use of robotics as a quantum leap in medicine inevitably touches on the concept of minimally invasive interventions. Applications in cardiovascular disease are a case in point: Especially when it comes to the insertion and deployment of stents to restore free blood flow through damaged cardiac vessels, robots in conjunction with an angiography system are a valuable tool to enhance the precision of medical procedures.


That said, the use of robotics to treat cardiovascular disease is a new field that requires constant advances. This in turn requires visionaries in clinical practice and system development: Our achievements to date in the field of robot-assisted technology are made possible by people who overcome technical difficulties and break down each of the associated problems into its most elementary parts. Their unique blend of enthusiasm, stamina, and brilliance is the winning formula on which the next great milestones in medicine depend.

Nils Pickart, Solution Engineer, Advanced Therapies at Siemens Healthineers
Insights from our global team

Next steps: Robotics – not just a passing trend

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Telemedicine

Interventional neuroradiology

Telemedicine techniques combined with robotics and expanded deployment of robot-assisted medicine to other clinical fields are just two of the numerous milestones that will define tomorrow’s healthcare sector. How far has research already progressed? And what obstacles have yet to be overcome?

Interested in how robotics may evolve in the future from a medical professional's perspective?

The Future of Robotics in Healthcare with Dr. Tejas Patel, MD, DM, FACC, FESC, FSCAI, FCSI | Christoph Zindel
31 min
When we think of robots being used in surgical procedures, the concept may seem futuristic. But in reality, this type of technology has been in place for a number of years, especially in operating rooms occupied by doctors who have been personally interested in exploring the possibilities and benefits of robotic assistance.