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The development of medical microrobots: a review of progress

Robert Bogue (Robert Bogue & Partners, Okehampton, UK)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 20 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of recent progress in the development of medical microrobots.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper first considers some of the critical aspects of medical microrobot design and then illustrates the present state of development through examples of prevailing research.

Findings

This paper shows that medical microrobot developments are at an early stage and involve a disparate family of technologies and disciplines, such as MEMS, nanotechnology, biomimetics and hydrodynamics. Critical design issues include power sources, propulsion and location, and many different schemes have been proposed. These are the topic of a growing body of academic research.

Originality/value

This paper provides a detailed insight into the present‐day state of medical microrobot technology and development.

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Citation

Bogue, R. (2008), "The development of medical microrobots: a review of progress", Industrial Robot, Vol. 35 No. 4, pp. 294-299. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439910810876373

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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