News | April 11, 2007

Electricity-Free Robotic Motor Used for Cancer Biopsies

April 12, 2007 - Engineers at the Johns Hopkins Urology Robotics Lab recently reported the invention of its PneuStep, an MRI-safe motor that does not require the use of metal or electricity and can safely power remote-controlled robotic medical devices used for cancer biopsies and therapies guided by magnetic resonance imaging.

The new PneuStep motor is made of three pistons connected to a series of gears that are turned by airflow, which is controlled by a computer located in a room close to the MRI. The robot works alongside the patient in the MRI scanner and is controlled remotely by observing the images on the MR. The motor contains fiber optics, which feeds information back to the computer in real time, allowing for both guidance and readjustment.

Related Content

Exact Imaging Partners to Improve Prostate Cancer Detection With Artificial Intelligence
News | Prostate Cancer | September 19, 2018
Exact Imaging, makers of the ExactVu micro-ultrasound platform, has partnered with U.K.-based Cambridge Consultants to...
Exact Imaging Becomes UroGPO Imaging Partner
News | Ultrasound Imaging | August 10, 2018
Exact Imaging announced that it has become a UroGPO Imaging Partner, joining the North American urology-specific group...
Technology | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | June 19, 2018
EDAP TMS SA has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Focal One device for...
Hitachi Medical Systems Europe Named Imaging Supplier for London Prostate Cancer Program
News | Prostate Cancer | June 14, 2018
Hitachi Medical Systems Europe has been awarded the contract to supply six ultrasound systems as part of the RAPID...
Hologic Announces Availability of Brevera Breast Biopsy System With CorLumina Imaging Technology
Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | August 31, 2017
Hologic Inc. announced U.S. commercial availability of the Brevera breast biopsy system with CorLumina imaging...
Synergy Radiology Associates Employs UroNav Fusion Biopsy System for Better Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
News | Biopsy Systems | July 17, 2017
Radiologists from Synergy Radiology Associates (SRA) in Houston are using the power of 3-D medical imaging and...
Analogic, bkFusion, bk3000, MRI-ultrasound fusion, prostate biopsy, EAU 2017
News | Biopsy Systems | March 30, 2017
March 30, 2017 — Analogic Corp.
Karmanos Cancer Institute, UroNav Fusion Biopsy System, prostate cancer
News | Biopsy Systems | March 23, 2017
March 23, 2017 — Urology specialists at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (Detroit) have begun using the UroN
Exact Imaging, Health Canada approval, ExactVu micro-ultrasound system, prostate biopsies, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Gregory Czarnota
News | Biopsy Systems | March 16, 2017
March 16, 2017 — Exact Imaging has received Health Canada approval and the corresponding medical device license (#986
MIM Software, BK Ultrasound, bkFusion, MRI Fusion Biopsy System, prostate cancer, RSNA 2016
Technology | Fusion Imaging Software | January 03, 2017
MIM Software Inc. announced in November the commercial introduction of its MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) Prostate...