New Pathway To The BrainJul. 31, 2016
Researchers from the Technion and Rambam Health Care Campus have won Best Innovation Prize in an international competition. Their project: a dedicated robot for minimally invasive neurosurgery.
Researchers from the Technion and Rambam Health Care Campus have won the Best Innovation Award in the Surgical Robotic Challenge 2016. Twelve teams from around the world participated in the competition in London.
The Technion-Rambam team’s development is a robot for minimally invasive neurosurgery, intended for the removal of brain tumors of up to 6 cm in size. The robot is operated through a small keyhole in the skull using laser irradiation and tumor extraction. It does so using novel technologies of a needle assembly, real-time tumor detection and therapy of the cancerous tissue.
The robot was developed by Technion doctoral student Hadas Ziso, supervised by Professor Moshe Shoham, head of the Medical Robotics Laboratory and Professor Menashe Zaaroor, director of the Department of Neurosurgery at Rambam.
The robot is protected by a patent registered in the names of the three researchers and its first inventor, Assistant Professor David Zarrouk, who worked on the project in its early stages during his PhD at the Technion.