Dr. Aibo, You’re Wanted in O.R

March 11, 2002 | Source: Wired News

MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) of Richmond, British Columbia is developing a robotic arm that will enable surgeons to perform more precise brain surgery.
The robot will perform a variety of procedures, including placing biopsy needles into the brain and dissecting blood vessel abnormalities during micro-surgery. It consists of two robotic arms and a two cameras, providing 3-D stereoscopic views for the surgeon.

The company is also working with an MRI system integrated into an operating room, developed by the University of Calgary. It will provide constant data to the robotic arm to drive it precisely to tumor locations.

MRA also developed Canadarm, a robot used in Space Shuttle missions.