The medical industry is one of the sectors that benefit from the use of robots. One would think that with a gloomy economy as backdrop, the medical industry would hold back in terms of robotics investments but this sector shows no signs of slowing down. More and more equipment and applications are being developed to cater specifically to the medical market.
In turn, other industries related to the medical sciences are gradually increasing their allocations for robotics systems schemes. Precision is highly important in life-saving devices and medical research. Robotics is seen as a viable tool for ensuring that these industries continue to efficiently safeguard public health.
Research and Development
Robots figure in importantly in medical research and development. Medical practitioners are constantly trying to come up with new and better cures in the form of life-saving medications and robotics helps facilitate these functions. Because of the large amount of samples taken, robots are needed to increase the speed and accuracy within which these samples are tested.
There is also the added security of using robotics in research and development. These systems come with sophisticated sterilizing mechanisms to ensure that the work environment is at its safest levels and that there is a much lesser risk of contamination.
Laboratories also conduct a lot of research, and robotics helps manage the sometimes overwhelming amount of information generated by these studies. Needless to say, these studies hold life-saving information and these data need to be organized and then accessed at the appropriate time. It would be nearly impossible to manually find all the necessary information needed at a given situation.
There is also an increasing reliance on robotics when it comes to the manufacture of medical devices. Robots can execute a variety of complex tasks such as the assembly of minute devices. Medical equipment such as pacemakers and hearing aids require the utmost care in assembly and the degree of success in completing these functions are higher when robotics are utilized. Additionally, robots can more speedily accomplish assembly which makes these devices immediately available to patients.
Advances in robotic vision systems enable even greater precision in the manufacture of medical devices. Robots are designed to accurately pinpoint and pick up parts needed to assemble devices and because this function is highly repetitive, robots need to be able to execute exact movements each time. A vision system helps guarantee this exactness.
Robots are also increasingly being utilized in patient care systems. Surgical robotics is an area that is constantly being refined. There are devices being used by doctors that treat tumors more precisely. These devices zero in on a tumor and apply radiation on that spot to treat the tumor. Surgeons depend on robots to implement this procedure.
Recent developments and innovations also hold great promise for cardiology. There are devices being developed to enable doctors to access the areas of the heart that are difficult and risky to get into.
Prosthetics are also created with the help of robots. Devices such as replacement hips and knee joints require painstaking assembly and robotics helps put together these varying parts.