Robots in healthcare

Robert Bogue (Okehampton, UK)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Publication date: 3 May 2011



This paper aims to review of the use of robots in two healthcare applications: surgery and prosthetics.


Following a brief introduction, this paper first considers robotic surgery and discusses a selection of commercial products, applications and recent technological advances. It then considers recent developments in robotic prosthetics.


It is shown that surgical robots are being employed in an ever‐growing range of clinical procedures. Systems employing tactile feedback are under development. Improved robotic prosthetics are the topic of a major research effort and recent developments include hands and grippers, walking aids and novel control techniques, including thought‐activated systems which exploit advances in brain‐computer interface technology.


This paper provides details of recent developments and applications of robotic surgery and prosthetics.



Bogue, R. (2011), "Robots in healthcare", Industrial Robot, Vol. 38 No. 3, pp. 218-223.

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