In 1985 the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College began research into medical robotics for neurosurgery. Further research into a robot for prostatectomy, commencing in 1988 culminated, in 1991, in a \"World First\" with the demonstration of robotic prostate surgery. This robot was the first to actively remove tissue from a human patient in an operating theatre.
With the expansion of robotic surgery applications, the Mechatronics in Medicine Laboratory was set up in 1993, as part of the Computer Aided Systems Engineering Section, to research and develop robotic and mechatronic aids to surgery. The group has gained a world-wide reputation as a centre of excellence for medical robotic research.
The group have developed robotic and mechatronic applications in fields as diverse as urological surgery and training systems, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, high intensity focused ultrasound and blood sampling.
- Mechatronics in medicine
- Medical robotics research: Haptic training system
- Medical robotics research: Robot assisted high precision brain surgery
- Medical robotics research: Robot assisted surgery
- Medical robotics research: Ultrasound transducers to destroy tumors