- The advantage of this system is that the machine can insert needles into the skin faster than the human hands, which makes the process less painful.
- this Is a set of cameras and a robotic arm which however are not recommended for sensitive areas such as the spinal column.
A chinese student has modernized the traditional medicine through the construction of a robot that you can perform acupuncture in a way that, he claims, is less painful, as reported by the news portal Sixth Tone.
The robot, dubbed as Acubots, is formed by a set of cameras and a mechanical arm with which it can be inserted needle specialized.
According to its creator, Xu Tiancheng, a graduate student from the University of Chinese Medicine of Nanjing, the advantage of this system is that the machine can you insert needles into the skin faster than the human hands, that makes the process less painful.
The robot uses a digitized map of acupuncture points that, according to the traditional chinese medicine is correspond to certain tissues and organs, and from there identify where to correctly place each needle after measuring the height and shape of the body of the patient.
Around 60 university students volunteered to test the robot in your hands and arms.
“One of the volunteers, hurt his wrist while playing badminton, but to submit to acupuncture, we eased their pain,” said Xu, who explained that still more evidence is needed to determine the true accuracy of “Acubots”.
In the future, the student believes that the robot could be used to help with diagnoses and medical treatments, especially for digestive problems and muscle aches.
however, admitted that his invention is not be safe enough to be used on the most delicate parts of the body, as the spinal column.
A total of 68 people are working on the project, including students of the Syracuse university, in New York (USA), and Loughborough, in the United Kingdom.
The student Xu has received already a 100,000 yuan (15,000 dollars) of government funding to complete your project.
October 31, 2017
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