We are pleased to announce Professor Kevin Cleary, Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Device Innovation Children’s National Health System, is one of the featured speakers of the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2021 (#HSMR21).


Advances in technology have enabled the developed of MRI compatible robotics that can be used to enable minimally invasive procedures in the bore of the magnet. While there are considerable engineering challenges, the advantages of MRI including the exquisite imaging quality, the lack of radiation, and the ability to do thermal monitoring make these concepts attractive. In this talk I will present our work over the past five years in developing MRI compatible robotics as well as new work planned for intracerebral hemorrhage evacuation in the bore of the magnet. The systems developed include arthrobot for shoulder arthrography, painbot for pain injections in the back, and bone bot for long bone biopsy. If time permits, we will also have a brief discussion about the operating room of the future. The operating room of the future will be more and more dependent on technology. Therefore, surgeons and engineers must work together to ensure the appropriate use of technology to improve patient care.