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Medical students may soon be giving this robot a prostate exam

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James Dalporto
Jul 05, 2016 22:52
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When you consider the many varied tasks robots are suited to perform, one application no amount of Terminator viewings will prepare you for is the concept of brushing up on your prostate exam technique using a robotic anus.

But that s exactly what Dr. Fernando Bello and Dr. Alejandro Granados have invented — courtesy of a new robotic rectal technology that s designed to give medical students a realistic model to practice on, and to use in generating real-time data for trainers.

What we ve created is a simulator which combines robotics and haptics technology to create a physical model, alongside virtual reality where 3D rendering is used to replicate the internal anatomy, Dr. Fernando Bello told Digital Trends.

It s a way that both the trainee and trainer can see what their fingers are doing inside the subject at any particular moment, and get real-time feedback.

Dr. Bello told Digital Trends that rectal exams are tough to teach because it is difficult to demonstrate the technique in a clear manner.

It s something doctors around the world struggle with because there s no way of assessing whether or not the examination is being carried out competently or not, he says.

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