The new medical assistants

Medical robots are helping hands. They do not work autonomously or without supervision, but they do support doctors and medical specialists to ensure greater precision, safety and quality – around the clock 

Hildegard Kaulen
Published on June 15, 2021

Robots are medical support systems. They take the pressure off doctors, but do not replace them. A surgical robot optimizes and stabilizes the surgeon's movements. It eliminates any hand tremors and ensures that the instruments remain in the application area. In orthopedics, exoskeletons stabilize the musculoskeletal system and help the patient relearn movements. And in pharmacies, medications are increasingly dispensed by automated systems. In short, medicine derives huge benefits from the new assistance systems. 

<p>In minimally invasive surgery, operations are carried out by means of small incisions and with the aid of a guide. Increasingly, robots operate the instruments.</p>
Stabalizer Robot
<p>Exoskeletons support movement by means of servomotors, helping paralyzed patients to walk again.</p>
Walking Robot
<p></p><p>This surgeon operates from a seated position in front of a console. The robot adjusts his movements in line with the dimensions in the tissue. One centimeter on the console equals one millimeter in the body.</p><p></p>
DaVinci robot
<p>In more and more clinics, prescription drugs are dispensed by pharmaceutical robots. This innovative system is not just for times of pandemic.</p>
Pills robot
<p>The birth rate in South Korea is so low that midwives use a training robot to practice delivering a baby safely.</p>
Birth robot
<p>Laboratory tests always involve the same steps. A task that is laborious for humans is perfect for a lab robot.<br></p>
Lab robot
<p>In a hospital in Cologne, Germany, two robotic arms and five movement axes mean patients can be X-rayed from every possible position. </p>
xRay robot
We believe a combination of endovascular robotics, image guidance, and dedicated devices will significantly impact how neurovascular procedures will be performed in the future, and we remain focused on bringing value to customers and patients.
Key visual for Endovascular Robotics
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By Hildegard Kaulen

Hildegard Kaulen, PhD, is a molecular biologist. Following positions at Rockefeller University in New York and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, she now works as a freelance science journalist for newspapers and scientific magazines.