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i-Snake to 'revolutionise' surgery

3rd January 2008

A team of experts at Imperial College London are developing a flexible surgical robot known as the i-Snake, which they say could revolutionise keyhole surgery.

They have been given a grant of £2.1m for the work which they believe will enable surgeons to do complex procedures previously possible only through more invasive techniques. The i-Snake is a long tube housing special motors, sensors and imaging tools and the aim is to use it for heart bypass surgery as well as diagnosing problems in the gut and bowel.

 

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