How robotics are changing the future of medicine

December 15, 2010

TIME Magazine

An article in TIME magazine reports that for an increasing variety of surgeries, robot-assisted techniques are now --- or soon will be --- standard operating procedure. By marrying high-tech imaging machinery to robotic tools, surgeons may journey into even more-remote, less accessible regions of the body with perfect surgical precision. The article cites TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS), invented at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, for minimally-invasive treatment of tumors of the larynx, tonsil and tongue. According to the article, TORS "... has made brutally invasive surgeries -- involving large incisions, pulled teeth and broken jaws -- far less punishing, if hardly pain-free." Read More