This medical video introduces you to a robot biopsy, which was developed to provide the ability to provide a single port biopsy procedure.
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Jennifer Matthews: When you hear biopsy, you can usually count on surgery. Now, doctors have a way to improve the process with robots. Dr. Thomas Jarrett: Not only do we avoid the need for an incision altogether, but we can do it through a tiny needle stick even the smallest of area within the body. Jennifer Matthews: The robot is attached to a scanner with a large metal arm, a joystick and laser imagery guided. Dr. Stephen Solomon says it's faster, more efficient, and more accurate than a traditional biopsy Dr. Stephen Solomon: It does this by being able to calculate the exact angle that you need to be at, to reach your abnormal target. And it also calculates the exact depth you need to be at. Jennifer Matthews: The image-guided robot may also prove helpful in destroying tumors in the kidney, lung and liver. The robot can accurately place the probe right in the middle of the tumor to destroy it. Dr. Thomas Jarrett: We had to go around that rib with the robot predicting the correct angle and get our needle right in our tumor location. Jennifer Matthews: Doctors say that precision is moving the role of surgery in the right direction. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.