Robotic Device Winds Its Own Way Through Beating Pig Heart

Just as cockroaches navigate along walls, the catheter maps its path through the heart, tapping periodically against the heart's valve and wall ever so lightly.

  • Published 24 April 2019
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing from the way cockroaches skitter along walls, scientists have created a robotic device that safely guides itself through the delicate chambers of a pig's heart as it's beating. It is one of the first times researchers have shown that a truly autonomous surgical robot can navigate inside the heart, not controlled by a doctor with a joystick, according to a study in Wednesday's journal Science Robotics . Heart surgeons routinely push… Read at AP News