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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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To: Steelerfan

Believe me, do NOT do a Google on the word "breast".


51 posted on 07/05/2005 11:19:07 AM PDT by Recovering Hermit
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To: Recovering Hermit

I am not that crazy, and a free republic search generates mostly humorous stories rather than anything scandalous (or that would get my network administrator angry at me).


52 posted on 07/05/2005 11:22:05 AM PDT by Steelerfan
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick; pissant; TheBigB

I didn't bother reading the article or any of the responses


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


If you'll notice, I didn't say anything about not scanning the article and responses for pictures.

Owl_Eagle

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

 it was probably sarcasm)

53 posted on 07/05/2005 11:23:22 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: cjshapi

This takes all the fun out of it.


54 posted on 07/05/2005 11:25:08 AM PDT by Junior (“Even if you are one-in-a-million, there are still 6,000 others just like you.”)
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To: StuLongIsland

55 posted on 07/05/2005 11:27:21 AM PDT by stradivarius ("If a donkey brays at you, don't bray at him." - George Herbert)
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To: Junior

I KNEW I could count on you pinging me on this thread. Just curious how long it would take.


56 posted on 07/05/2005 11:28:21 AM PDT by cjshapi
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To: Steelerfan

I would never imply anything.


57 posted on 07/05/2005 11:30:07 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: LibFreeOrDie; bmwcyle
Hmmm...here's the cam result...

....not very sexy

58 posted on 07/05/2005 11:30:17 AM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck ("Love and cooking should both be approached with wild abandon" - Author unknown)
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To: StuLongIsland
Just a thought when I read this.

My thought when I read this: this technology would be readily transferrable to the Internet Pornography industry.

59 posted on 07/05/2005 11:31:53 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Owl_Eagle
That is just a little outrageous don't you think.

Wait I am asking a man to think after looking at a Z cup; I need a drink!

60 posted on 07/05/2005 11:32:11 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: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Wait I am asking a man to think after looking at a Z cup;

I can either pretend they're real, or pretend that PhotShop doesn't exist.

Owl_Eagle

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

 it was probably sarcasm)

61 posted on 07/05/2005 11:35:45 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Owl_Eagle

Why pretend at all, they are HUGE and men love 'em that way.


62 posted on 07/05/2005 11:38:39 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: StuLongIsland

This is gonna be the best prom ever...

63 posted on 07/05/2005 11:42:40 AM PDT by kezekiel
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To: Tennessee_Bob

Dont try that on Granny Og


64 posted on 07/05/2005 11:42:59 AM PDT by Rhadaghast (Yeshua HaMashiach Tzidkaynu)
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To: StuLongIsland

I, Robot.


65 posted on 07/05/2005 11:43:38 AM PDT by cj2a (When you're pathetic, but you don't know you're pathetic, that's really pathetic.)
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To: CharlieOK1

That picture was probably taken at the University of Waterloo. The pink tie is a dead giveaway (it's the official mascot of the Math Faculty)


66 posted on 07/05/2005 11:44:06 AM PDT by Grig
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To: Rhadaghast

LOL! Finally! Someone responds to the tagline!

Try that on Granny Og? No how, no way!


67 posted on 07/05/2005 11:47:48 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: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Those are not huge, they have zip codes.


68 posted on 07/05/2005 11:49:03 AM PDT by Rhadaghast (Yeshua HaMashiach Tzidkaynu)
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To: StuLongIsland
Life-saving breast examinations could soon be performed by a robotic hand that combines ultrasound with an artificial sense of touch.

"Ooooh. Nice software!"


69 posted on 07/05/2005 11:51:30 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk)
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To: Steelerfan
"Maria Sharapova"

Uh...y'know the rules dontcha?
70 posted on 07/05/2005 11:51:59 AM PDT by BJClinton (I bend the microphone to the furthest point like a Germanic tribesman)
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To: StuLongIsland

Is this necesary?

Millions in America have learned to do CPR and the Heinlich Maneuver, surely we can teach men and teenage boys to do breast exams.


71 posted on 07/05/2005 11:52:22 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

Thermal porn is so-o-o-o hot.


72 posted on 07/05/2005 11:52:45 AM PDT by BJClinton (I bend the microphone to the furthest point like a Germanic tribesman)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Ping! Something for you to anticipate.


73 posted on 07/05/2005 11:53:46 AM PDT by Argh
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To: Owl_Eagle

74 posted on 07/05/2005 11:53:52 AM PDT by traumer
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To: traumer

Lady Liberty does not like being felt up!!!


75 posted on 07/05/2005 11:59:07 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: StuLongIsland
well dang nab it!

just last month i paid all that money for a correspondence course to become a Certified Breast Examiner and now my new career has been outsourced to a stupid robot!

one probably made in china no doubt...

76 posted on 07/05/2005 11:59:26 AM PDT by chilepepper (The map is not the territory -- Alfred Korzybski)
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To: BJClinton; TheBigB

Shoot, you are right but I am HTML impaired. BigB, can you bail me out?


77 posted on 07/05/2005 12:00:10 PM PDT by Steelerfan
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To: Owl_Eagle

Wow! That's a lot of plaid!


78 posted on 07/05/2005 12:00:36 PM PDT by exile (Exile - Helen Thomas tried to lure me into her Gingerbread House.)
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To: Steelerfan

79 posted on 07/05/2005 12:02:32 PM PDT by TheBigB (Would you like extra sarcasm with that?)
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To: Steelerfan; TheBigB
Thanks Mr. B.

Steelerfan, right click on a picture you like, select 'properties' there should be 'location', this is the URL of the pic. Cut n' paste this, substituting the pic's URL for *URL*

<img src="*URL*">
80 posted on 07/05/2005 12:17:09 PM PDT by BJClinton (I bend the microphone to the furthest point like a Germanic tribesman)
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To: Jonah Hex

"...I can see the day coming when they use such an apparatus for prostate exams. "Open the pod bay doors, HAL."

OR

"Turn your head and cough, human."


81 posted on 07/05/2005 12:19:40 PM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: LizardQueen

the "Electro-Grope" system

"From my cold, dead flange" NRA (National Robot Assn)


82 posted on 07/05/2005 12:22:08 PM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: StuLongIsland

Bummer, damn robots.


83 posted on 07/05/2005 12:22:52 PM PDT by jpsb (I already know I am a terrible speller)
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To: Polyxene
"Turn your head and cough, human."

"Turn your head and cough, meatsack."

;-)

84 posted on 07/05/2005 12:25:56 PM PDT by Jonah Hex (Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls.)
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To: Jonah Hex

LOL! I Robot! "We've come for your goodies, Chuck." (with apologies to Beetlejuice)


85 posted on 07/05/2005 12:27:59 PM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: BJClinton

Thanks as well Mr. B, and thanks BJ for the tutorial.

That robot is still creeping the heck out of me.


86 posted on 07/05/2005 12:46:01 PM PDT by Steelerfan
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To: linkinpunk

ROTFL


87 posted on 07/05/2005 12:51:21 PM PDT by bwteim
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To: Steelerfan

Heh, I wonder if it can do..um...other parts?


88 posted on 07/05/2005 12:52:10 PM PDT by BJClinton (I bend the microphone to the furthest point like a Germanic tribesman)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
So when do we see a robot that does prostate exams?

The same robot does that too. Bend over and say "Ah!".

89 posted on 07/05/2005 12:57:04 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Bork should have had Kennedy's USSC seat and Kelo v. New London would have gone the other way.)
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To: BJClinton

That is what I am afraid of.


90 posted on 07/05/2005 1:07:23 PM PDT by Steelerfan
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Imply, accuse outright, it is really all just semantics. And at the very least, the Big B was kind enough to bail me out by posting some cheesecake, which justifies the entire thread IMHO.


91 posted on 07/05/2005 1:09:20 PM PDT by Steelerfan
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To: Steelerfan

So you aren't here to read the football threads after all.


92 posted on 07/05/2005 1:12:54 PM 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: Jonah Hex
Scene: a remote town in Idaho. BtD sitting in his underdrawers looking at the image of his family physician, Dr. Kevorkian, on the tube...

Doc: "OK, now Mr. Drill, it's time to check you for lumps."
BtD: "Mother of God, whatinell is that thing?"
Doc: "It's my new remote multifunction testicle checker. Got it off ebay the other day."
BtD: "Doc, that's a second-hand 20-ton industrial press with rubber glove on it you gotcha there..."
Doc: "I said 'multifunction' - anyway, it wasn't cheap. Hadda outbid two coal mines and a steel mill for this beauty. Now whip 'em out."
BtD (bleating): "Doc, I dunno. You ever hear of network latency? I mean, you tell it to stop squeezing, sometimes it doesn't respond right away..."
Doc: "Price of new technology, Billy-boy. Did I tell you I also do reconstructive surgery?"

93 posted on 07/05/2005 1:23:16 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Hey, I said I checked the football threads first, I didn't say I stopped reading once those are done.

Better stop now before I get myself in real trouble.


94 posted on 07/05/2005 1:35:50 PM PDT by Steelerfan
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

I want to be the airport groper, not work in the hospital. ;o)


95 posted on 07/05/2005 8:07:18 PM PDT by pissant
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To: StuLongIsland
There is certain to be a lawsuit against the Robot for excessive fondling,
and the lucky woman will end up owning this poor manipulated robot and abusing it
in the privacy in her own, Oh Dear, must I say where?
96 posted on 07/06/2005 12:58:31 AM PDT by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: pissant

The only problem with your airport theory is that you would be assigned to grope men.


97 posted on 07/06/2005 6:52:21 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: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

I'll be in drag, so I'll get assigned the women! ;o)


98 posted on 07/06/2005 6:59:58 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Now I thought we broke you of your cross dressing ways. And here I stuck up for you in a ping you are about to get. FOR SHAME PISSANT!!!


99 posted on 07/06/2005 7:01:20 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: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

I relapsed, LOL!


100 posted on 07/06/2005 7:36:04 AM PDT by pissant
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