Sci-Fi Surgeons: Medical robots
8th September–23rd December 2009
Are we on the edge of a robot revolution in medicine?
Sci-Fi Surgery: Medical Robots explores the fascinating world of medical robotics including the pioneering Probot, a robot designed to aid prostate gland surgery, Freehand, a robotic camera holder for keyhole surgery, as well as visionary mini-robots that are designed to crawl, swim and explore inside the human body.
Exhibits include ‘mini-robots’ which are around 10 to 15 mm in diameter, many of which are still at prototype stage. Mini-robots featured in the exhibition include the prototype Robotic Camera Pill which will be swallowed by patients in a pill form, allowing doctors to guide the robots by remote control using images beamed back to a screen. Also included is the ARES Robot prototype which will require patients to swallow up to 15 different robotic modules. Once inside the body the modules will assemble themselves into a larger device capable of carrying out surgical procedures.
The exhibition will also feature some famous medical robots from the world of science fiction, from the 1920s ‘Pyschophonic Nurse’, to Japanese manga (printed cartoons) and anime (animated films), plus Britain’s own 2000AD, and ask whether science fiction reflects fact, or if scientists are inspired by the representation of medical robots in films, books and comics.