Japanese Robot for Medical Simulations Has 3D-Printed Models of the Tongue, Esophagus and Windpipe

Published by , April 14, 2017 11:17 am

(3DPrintingIndustry)  Japanese Tottori University Hospital together with medical company Tmsuk R&D Inc have created a medical simulation robot using 3D printing. The robot has been named ‘Mikoto’ which means ‘life’ in Japanese and is intended to provide a more realistic training simulation experience for medical students. Mikoto has been initially developed for three medical procedures: endotracheal intubation, gastrointestinal endoscopy and sputum suctioning. In order to create its internal organs, the tongue, esophagus and windpipe, the researchers used digital images of a patient before 3D printing the models.
The Mikoto robot has been designed to express to pain and also features a gag reflex, the intent is that medical professionals and students gain a greater awareness of the patient experience. The robot has been developed in contrast to traditional simulation tools which are stiff and unresponsive, requiring users to exert force in order to work on them

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