Christoff Heunis, researcher at the UT Surgical Robotics Laboratory, developed a robotic system that allows the precise manipulation of surgical tools inside blood vessels of a patient using magnets. The magnetic fields interact with the surgical tool, positioning it exactly at the right location. The method saves time, money and is safer for both patient and doctor.
PneuAct is a pneumatic stepper motor developed by UT researcher Foad Sojoodi Farimani. It’s one of a kind – it is fully 3D printed, very fast, highly precise and it’s the cheapest of all similar motors out there. It can improve cancer diagnosis, be used in radioactive environments and even for space exploration.
UT Professor Sarthak Misra has received an ERC Proof of Concept grant for his project INSPIRE. The project focuses on the development of flexible needles used for ablation procedures.
Surgical Robotics Lab (SRL) of the UT’s Department of Biomechanical Engineering develops novel techniques to reach challenging locations inside the human body. As its name indicates, SRL hosts a wide range of interesting robots and other devices – everything from snake-like continuum robots, to beating heart models, magnetized bacteria or a setup called the ‘Big-Mag’. What does a daily life in this lab look like?