Dr. Hujoon robot from KIST

Some new robots of Korea Institue of Science and Technology (KIST) made it into the news recently. Their "Dr. Heo Jun" microsurgical robot system for epidural neuroplasty performed successful pre-clinical (cadaver) trials, and the RAMIS system is in lab testing. 
"The equipment, a remote controlled robot system for endoluminalsurgery, is dubbed “Dr. Heo Jun”. It was jointly developed by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Severance Hospital, Korea University of Technology and Education, and robot and medical device manufacturers after five years of research. The research team conducted their first test of the surgery robot on an actual human corpse on Wednesday.
“We verified the safety and performances by conducting clinical tests on pigs – once in 2016 and twice in 2017,” said Kang Sung-chul, who heads of the KIST’s medical robot research team. “We are doing a final experiment on a human corpse.”
The catheter developed by the researchers is as thin as 3 millimeters in diameter but is equipped with a high-performance underwater camera at its tip. “The underwater camera’s angle of view is 140 degrees, twice as wide as existing ones,” said Shin In-seop, an official at Inji, a semiconductor company that was involved in the camera’s development. In fact, the monitor showed bright images of not only the surgery area but also the surrounding areas.
Dr. Hujoon consists of a robot arm and a "catheter" tube that can place drugs or shoot a laser in the correct position in the body. A catheter with a diameter of about 3 mm includes an illuminating optical fiber, a camera and a surgical instrument passage for injecting analgesics and laser penetration. It can be flexed to an S-shape."

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