Cancer-treating 3D-Printed Biopsy Robot Unveiled

Cancer-treating 3D-Printed Biopsy Robot

Biopsy has now been made easier with the invention of the world’s smallest and non-invasive 3D printed robot, according to a new research conducted in June 2017.

Experts from the University of Twente, from the Robotics, Mechantronics and Radiology departments collaborated to create a 3D printed robot made from plastic and driven by air pressure. Stormram 4 – the robot, is functions inside the MRI scanner and controlled with the help of its five meter long air pipes. The plastic that this robot is made up of enables the safety use in the MRI scanner.

Performing a biopsy during an MRI scan increases accuracy of the biopsy. This 3D printed robot stands as a boon for the diagnostics of breast cancer. Stormram 4 has an accurately controlled thin needle and an instantaneously effective MRI scanning, which makes diagnosis more quick and accurate.

This robot inserts the needle into the lesion of the patient, during the biopsy, making it easy to take a tissue sample. It has a very hot and very cold needle running over the tumor cells, making it possible to destroy them on contact, thus treating cancer in a non-invasive manner.

Robotics used in MRIs, helps overcome the often perceived problem of inaccuracy in visualization and detection of abnormal tissues faced when needles are controlled by hands. Robots are most often made of metal which cannot be placed inside strong magnetic fields of MRI scanners. The creation of Stormram 4 is thus designed in a way to enable it to do what other robots cannot, entirely being made up of plastic.

The 3D printed biopsy robot is sure to improvise the procedurals involved in cancer diagnostics and its treatment to a great extent. Thus, medical robotics are expected to soon become the standard practice in hospitals worldwide, in the near future.

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