The main objective of this project is to develop a system (called ROSE) for the telemedicine market, based on recent advances in tele-ultrasound assisted by robotic technologies.
Several researchers from the Institute of Systems and Robotics of the University of Coimbra (ISR-UC) have been working in this area for the last 7 years, having developed new telecontrol solutions
Collaborative of robots. The laboratory prototype developed at ISR-UC was successfully tested on gynecological / obstetrical examinations, paving the way for entry into the market.
Each ROSE system includes two ergonomic robotic stations (one on the medical side and the other on the patient side), a set of ultrasound probes equipped with the usual patient database system located in a Cloud and secure communication structures over the internet. Combining these elements, ROSE will allow interaction among multiple physicians and patients, mitigating travel inconveniences both on the patient's side and the medical side, and creating new services such as remote technical mentoring and international collaboration.
Currently, there are no mature solutions on the market to solve the problem of robot-assisted tele-ultrasound. In fact, the systems marketed until then had the market. The main reasons for this failure are (1) the lack of intuitive tele-manipulation experiences due to the absence of sensations of contact on the part of the doctor; 2) Incomplete control of positioning and orientation of the robot by the doctor, requiring an assistant. The consortium promoting the ROSE project proposes a disruptive solution strongly immersive and intuitive, based on recent technological advances, using binary controlled ultra-soft robots and telecontrol architectures compliant with haptic feedback.