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Millirobot: a revolution in minimally invasive surgery?

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It can move even through liquids and impassable environments, using a wide variety of movement modalities: Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a mobile soft robot. It is able to reach areas of the body that are otherwise difficult to access. This holds great potential for minimally invasive surgery. Find out more in our current interview.

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Mobile millirobot for minimally invasive surgery talks about...

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Robotics open up countless new possibilities for medical technology. Especially highly miniaturized robots could be increasingly used in minimally invasive surgery in the future. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a mobile millirobot, which is able to move smoothly through rough terrain. They were mainly inspired by the world of insects.
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Mobile millirobot for minimally invasive surgery
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Sensitive freight: clinical specimens


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Oftentimes, many days and miles lie between the time patient specimens are collected and subsequently analyzed. That’s also why the proper packaging is crucial to ensure pristine and - above all - securely sealed clinical specimens. However, different types of samples also require special packaging and labeling for transport.
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Sensitive freight: clinical specimens
Twofold protective shield: Packaging for patient samples
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