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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 youre located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or even Botswana, it doesnt mean you cant 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, thats 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.
Just a thought when I read this.
Dear God, don't let Bubba find out about this.
Does the Mitten look down on the Yoopers or what?
Well, there goes my reason for entering medical school...
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!
Is remote groping like remote viewing?
I gotta paint myself silver and head to the girls college asap!
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.
I couldn't help thinking while reading this that this thread is going to get all kinds of "interesting" replies.
This, along with teledildonics, will revolutionize the online porn industry. Ain't technology wonderful! :)
Just hold still dear.
Too late. The next step - version 2.0 - will be fully robotic Bubba.
They have found a way to stop you from volunteering to work as a breast cancer screener.
Uhhh...I dont want that thing touching my nads.
I have always said that Robots will eventually take all of the good jobs.
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".
Oh, to become a robot!
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".
The Borg doesn't seem so bad, now does it?
"Open the pod bay doors, HAL."
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.
You forgot the best news..the machine runs on two "AA" batteries..(g)
Uh, I don't plan on being first in line for this one.
DANG - this thing sounds scary. What if it has a short and it clamps down too hard? And how do you slap it?
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?
He will be heartbroken to find out he's got competition. LOL
When women invent.
Hey, if this replaces The Squasher, I'm game! :o)
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."
In robotic monotone-
"Let me Shepard you onto the exam table!"
So you're saying the (male) inventors of this robot are a tad misogynist? :^)
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,
If we can't be up close why not invent? Where is the camera? It needs a camera.
Bubba would BE a robot...
Oh please, you saw BREAST in the title and had to check it out.
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.
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..
I believe they would say, "It's only a glitch!"
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).
The UP of Michigan is heaven on earth.
Pass the makkara and give me a pastie.
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..
Will they call the robot, "Dr DRE"?
I hear Rosie O'Donnell's doctor has ordered one of these.