<p>The medical industry is one of the sectors that
benefit from the use of robots. One would think that with a gloomy
economy as backdrop, the medical industry would hold back in terms of
robotics investments but this sector shows no signs of slowing down. More
and more equipment and applications are being developed to cater
specifically to the medical market. In turn, other industries related to
the medical sciences are gradually increasing their allocations for
robotics systems schemes. Precision is highly important in life-saving
devices and medical research. Robotics is seen as a viable tool for
ensuring that these industries continue to efficiently safeguard public
health. Research and Development Robots figure in importantly in medical
research and development. Medical practitioners are constantly trying to
come up with new and better cures in the form of life-saving medications
and robotics helps facilitate these functions. Because of the large
amount of samples taken, robots are needed to increase the speed and
accuracy within which these samples are tested. There is also the added
security of using robotics in research and development. These systems
come with sophisticated sterilizing mechanisms to ensure that the work
environment is at its safest levels and that there is a much lesser risk
of contamination. Laboratories also conduct a lot of research, and
robotics helps manage the sometimes overwhelming amount of information
generated by these studies. Needless to say, these studies hold life-
saving information and these data need to be organized and then accessed
at the appropriate time. It would be nearly impossible to manually find
all the necessary information needed at a given situation. Medical
Devices There is also an increasing reliance on robotics when it comes to
the manufacture of medical devices. Robots can execute a variety of
complex tasks such as the assembly of minute devices. Medical equipment
such as pacemakers and hearing aids require the utmost care in assembly
and the degree of success in completing these functions are higher when
robotics are utilized. Additionally, robots can more speedily accomplish
assembly which makes these devices immediately available to patients.
Advances in robotic vision systems enable even greater precision in the
manufacture of medical devices. Robots are designed to accurately
pinpoint and pick up parts needed to assemble devices and because this
function is highly repetitive, robots need to be able to execute exact
movements each time. A vision system helps guarantee this exactness.
Patient Care Robots are also increasingly being utilized in patient care
systems. Surgical robotics is an area that is constantly being refined.
There are devices being used by doctors that treat tumors more precisely.
These devices zero in on a tumor and apply radiation on that spot to
treat the tumor. Surgeons depend on robots to implement this procedure.
Recent developments and innovations also hold great promise for
cardiology. There are devices being developed to enable doctors to access
the areas of the heart that are difficult and risky to get into.
Prosthetics are also created with the help of robots. Devices such as
replacement hips and knee joints require painstaking assembly and
robotics helps put together these varying parts.</p> <!--