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Robot hand performs remote breast checks
NewScientist.com news service ^ | 15:41 05 July 2005 | Will Knight

Posted on 07/05/2005 10:45:05 AM PDT by StuLongIsland

Robot hand performs remote breast checks

Life-saving breast examinations could soon be performed by a robotic hand that combines ultrasound with an artificial sense of touch.

The robotic breast examiner was devised by researchers at Michigan State University in the US. They say it will enable a medical specialist to examine women from a remote location, perhaps even from the other side of the world.

"Just because you’re located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or even Botswana, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a sophisticated diagnostic or therapeutic procedure," says Carol Slomski, a surgeon at Michigan State University, who helped design the system.

The robot hand is remotely controlled by means of a haptic "glove", in which each finger is connected to a motion-sensing device. The operator's hand movements are then measured and sent via a computer to the artificial hand, which almost instantly mimics the operator's moves.

Advantageous combination The robotic grasper also measures the consistency of objects in its grasp by means of feedback to its motors. And this tactile information is fee back to the mechanical glove giving the wearer an artificial sensation of touch.

The arm also incorporates an ultrasound sensor as well as three video cameras, to give the expert a good view of the procedure.

"Having the capability of ultrasound and palpation simultaneously is a major advantage," adds Ranjan Mukherjee, another member of the Michigan team. "Often the ultrasound and exam are done separately. But if the physician can look at the image and feel what he or she is seeing, that’s another huge advantage."

Data delay Mukherjee says the next stage is to conduct clinical trials, which should show how reliable the system is. But he believes it could be five years before the system becomes commercially available.

However, some experts are doubtful that such a system would work in practice. "Tele-operated robots have a big problem with delay," says William Harwin, at the University of Reading in the UK, and the sensitivity of touch is not as good.

He suggests a better way to perform remote examinations is to perform the data gathering and expert analysis one after the other. "A more realistic model in principal is to gather data from the remote site, under direction from the clinical base," he explains, and then transfer it the remote expert, who could then use virtual reality tools to interpret it.


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I think they can reprogam this equipment and use it for national security purposes at the airport. Recently there was talk about people at airport security physically checking people, and touching in appropriately. Perhaps if a robot did the checking in a closed booth without a human directly looking at the physical aspect of the human, but only a monotor seeing possible contraband, it would make things more "proper", less a hassle.

Just a thought when I read this.

1 posted on 07/05/2005 10:45:06 AM PDT by StuLongIsland
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To: StuLongIsland

Dear God, don't let Bubba find out about this.


2 posted on 07/05/2005 10:46:17 AM PDT by RichInOC (Bill Clinton is a social disease.)
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To: StuLongIsland
"Just because you’re located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or even Botswana, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a sophisticated diagnostic or therapeutic procedure,"

Does the Mitten look down on the Yoopers or what?

3 posted on 07/05/2005 10:46:34 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: RichInOC

Well, there goes my reason for entering medical school...


4 posted on 07/05/2005 10:46:56 AM PDT by Venerable Bede
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To: StuLongIsland

OMG, do you realize the potential this has for an x-rated virtual reality experience? I claim copyright of the idea, right here, right now by virtue of the timestamp of this posting. Woo hoo!


5 posted on 07/05/2005 10:47:02 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Iraq is the bug light for terrorists" (Mike McConnell 7/2/05))
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To: StuLongIsland

Is remote groping like remote viewing?


6 posted on 07/05/2005 10:47:25 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: StuLongIsland

good idea


7 posted on 07/05/2005 10:47:27 AM PDT by Asphalt (Join the NFL ping list ...everything NFL... FReepmail Asphalt to get on|FReeper Since 10/10/04)
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To: RichInOC

I gotta paint myself silver and head to the girls college asap!


8 posted on 07/05/2005 10:47:33 AM PDT by exile (Exile - Helen Thomas tried to lure me into her Gingerbread House.)
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To: StuLongIsland

Oh, sure, a robot hand can get away with it, but try it in person and they start screaming about police, and restraining orders and such....

Not that that's happened to me, mind you....a friend of mine...yeah...it happened to a friend of mine.


9 posted on 07/05/2005 10:48:25 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! We willna be fooled again!")
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To: StuLongIsland
I laughed out loud when I started reading your post, but by the end I realized you were serious and you may have a good idea there!

I couldn't help thinking while reading this that this thread is going to get all kinds of "interesting" replies.

10 posted on 07/05/2005 10:48:25 AM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname
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To: StuLongIsland
Here is a picture of the robot...


11 posted on 07/05/2005 10:48:31 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: StuLongIsland

This, along with teledildonics, will revolutionize the online porn industry. Ain't technology wonderful! :)


12 posted on 07/05/2005 10:48:43 AM PDT by vikingd00d (What does it profit a nation to win the world's approval if it should lose its soul?)
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To: StuLongIsland

Just hold still dear.

13 posted on 07/05/2005 10:48:59 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: RichInOC

Too late. The next step - version 2.0 - will be fully robotic Bubba.


14 posted on 07/05/2005 10:49:39 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: pissant

They have found a way to stop you from volunteering to work as a breast cancer screener.


15 posted on 07/05/2005 10:50:04 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: bmwcyle

Uhhh...I dont want that thing touching my nads.


16 posted on 07/05/2005 10:50:44 AM PDT by corkoman (Overhyped)
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To: StuLongIsland

I have always said that Robots will eventually take all of the good jobs.


17 posted on 07/05/2005 10:51:53 AM PDT by linkinpunk
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To: StuLongIsland

Ewww... the "Electro-Grope" system...

There's no way that this could substitute for an experienced doctors exam (or a thorough exam by the owner of the breast). Robots don't get that intuitive flash that tells someone something is wrong even when it feels "sort of okay".

LQ


18 posted on 07/05/2005 10:52:44 AM PDT by LizardQueen (The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.)
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To: TheBigB

Ping

Oh, to become a robot!


19 posted on 07/05/2005 10:52:56 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (Si quaestio exsisteret, solutionem offerem)
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To: StuLongIsland

I think that robot was previously used in a Tropicana juice processing plant. Hopefully there is a dial on it to adjust the "squeeze force".


20 posted on 07/05/2005 10:54:48 AM PDT by NathanBookman
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To: Fierce Allegiance

The Borg doesn't seem so bad, now does it?


21 posted on 07/05/2005 10:55:03 AM PDT by kenth
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To: StuLongIsland
As a man, I find this quite disturbing. Perhaps it's because I can see the day coming when they use such an apparatus for prostate exams.

"Open the pod bay doors, HAL."

22 posted on 07/05/2005 10:55:43 AM PDT by Jonah Hex (Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls.)
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To: StuLongIsland
Perhaps if a robot did the checking in a closed booth without a human directly looking at the physical aspect of the human, but only a monotor seeing possible contraband, it would make things more "proper", less a hassle

Ah yes, mechanizing the police state.

So much more palatable.

So when the robot malfunctions and crushes some woman's breast, a scene that could be an outtake from Robocop, will everyone just shrug and say, "that's the way it is?"

Americans live in a police state now because the entire planet uses us for a goddamn doormat. Restrict mass movement into this country - especially from third world, terror supporting countries - and this crap will end.

You're probably too young to remember, but there actually was a time in this country when you could get on an airplane without first showing your ID to an Ethiopian, then being searched by legal aliens (allegedly) from the Phillipines (a true story, which happened to me the other day at Dulles).

You couldn't have gotten anyone to believe it would come to this in 1965. It would have sounded like bad science fiction.

23 posted on 07/05/2005 10:56:14 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: StuLongIsland

You forgot the best news..the machine runs on two "AA" batteries..(g)


24 posted on 07/05/2005 10:58:41 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: ken5050

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25 posted on 07/05/2005 10:59:42 AM PDT by Ingtar (Understanding is a three-edged sword : your side, my side, and the truth in between ." -- Kosh)
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To: StuLongIsland

Uh, I don't plan on being first in line for this one.


26 posted on 07/05/2005 10:59:44 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: StuLongIsland
The robotic grasper

DANG - this thing sounds scary. What if it has a short and it clamps down too hard? And how do you slap it?

27 posted on 07/05/2005 11:00:14 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: Phantom Lord
LOL! the designer is pictured here...

geek of the week

28 posted on 07/05/2005 11:00:21 AM PDT by CharlieOK1 (See http://www.alisrael.com/tamuz/ for what should happen to Iran)
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To: bmwcyle

Bad enough we women have to get our protuberances completely flattened during a mammogram, but now the exam might include being handled by that machine? Gross!! No thanks!

So when do we see a robot that does prostate exams?


29 posted on 07/05/2005 11:00:30 AM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'chaim!)
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To: RichInOC
Dear God, don't let Bubba find out about this.

He will be heartbroken to find out he's got competition. LOL

30 posted on 07/05/2005 11:01:30 AM PDT by NRA2BFree (Something ate my tag line.....)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

When women invent.


31 posted on 07/05/2005 11:02:20 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: StuLongIsland

Hey, if this replaces The Squasher, I'm game! :o)


32 posted on 07/05/2005 11:03:01 AM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA and SAS) WI Hunter Shootings: If you want on/off the WI Hunters ping list, please let me know.)
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To: Jonah Hex

or colonoscopies...


33 posted on 07/05/2005 11:03:08 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: StuLongIsland
All the male robots immediately volunteered to do the exam for free.

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34 posted on 07/05/2005 11:05:38 AM PDT by No Blue States
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To: ken5050
or colonoscopies... (whimper)

Let's just hope they don't use Windows. "I'm sorry, Mr. Hex, but we've run into a problem and have to reboot you."

35 posted on 07/05/2005 11:07:39 AM PDT by Jonah Hex (Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls.)
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To: StuLongIsland

In robotic monotone-

"Let me Shepard you onto the exam table!"


36 posted on 07/05/2005 11:07:41 AM PDT by aShepard
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To: bmwcyle

So you're saying the (male) inventors of this robot are a tad misogynist? :^)


37 posted on 07/05/2005 11:07:45 AM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'chaim!)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

I didn't bother reading the article or any of the responses, 33 at this moment, but I'm surprised so many FReepers are interested in hand robotry.

Owl_Eagle

(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,

 it was probably sarcasm)

38 posted on 07/05/2005 11:09:38 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

If we can't be up close why not invent? Where is the camera? It needs a camera.


39 posted on 07/05/2005 11:10:53 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: RichInOC

Bubba would BE a robot...


40 posted on 07/05/2005 11:11:27 AM PDT by RockinRight (Democrats - Trying to make an a$$ out of America since 1933)
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To: bmwcyle
Where is the camera? It needs a camera.

Kinky!

41 posted on 07/05/2005 11:11:51 AM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'chaim!)
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To: Owl_Eagle

Oh please, you saw BREAST in the title and had to check it out.


42 posted on 07/05/2005 11:12:06 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: ken5050

Both of you are really starting to frighten me. And the doctor that points that thing in my direction better hope his insurance is paid up.


43 posted on 07/05/2005 11:12:43 AM PDT by Steelerfan
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To: Jonah Hex

Actually, we shou;dn't compalin..they're a godsend for males...and really hardly at all unpleasant. The ahem, "prep" is far, far worse....yet nothing comapre to what it can spare us from..


44 posted on 07/05/2005 11:13:24 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: Regulator
So when the robot malfunctions and crushes some woman's breast, a scene that could be an outtake from Robocop, will everyone just shrug and say, "that's the way it is?"

I believe they would say, "It's only a glitch!"

45 posted on 07/05/2005 11:15:02 AM PDT by spiffy
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

You are not implying some of sign on to Free Republic and do keyword seaches for things like "Breast" or "Maria Sharapova" are you?

Because that would be wrong (my first search is always for football).


46 posted on 07/05/2005 11:15:15 AM PDT by Steelerfan
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To: johniegrad
Does the Mitten look down on the Yoopers or what?

The UP of Michigan is heaven on earth.

Pass the makkara and give me a pastie.

SISU!

47 posted on 07/05/2005 11:15:19 AM PDT by Recovering Hermit
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To: Ladysmith

aha..that explains your discomfort..see..it's not the "Squasher"..it's the "Squisher" you want.....obviously your doc is using a much older, outdated, and uncomfortable model..


48 posted on 07/05/2005 11:16:47 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: Jonah Hex

Will they call the robot, "Dr DRE"?


49 posted on 07/05/2005 11:17:06 AM PDT by AndrewC (Darwinian logic -- It is just-so if it is just-so)
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To: StuLongIsland

I hear Rosie O'Donnell's doctor has ordered one of these.


50 posted on 07/05/2005 11:17:27 AM PDT by ChuckShick (He's clerking for me...)
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