June 26, 2009

Medical Bot Detects Shrapnel Autonomously

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This incredible medical robot can locate shrapnel and guide a needle to the location in the body without human assistance. Developed by bioengineers at Duke University, they used a basic tabletop bot with a 3D ultrasound probe and an AI program. They attached an electromagnet to the probe so that when the shrapnel vibrated, its motion was detected. The autonomous medical bot may also have future applications as placing and removing radioactive "seeds" when treating cancer.

Via Science Daily

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at June 26, 2009 8:52 AM
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