Advanced surgical robotics has attracted significant research interest in supporting image guidance, even magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for effective navigation of surgical instruments, taking advantage of the high soft-tissue contrast and zero ionizing radiation. The ultimate research objective is to enable safe, precise and effective control of robotics instruments with the aid of pre- and intra-op MRI models.
We have solved the fundamental challenge strong magnetic field in MRI environment with hydraulic-driven actuation. We have then developed comprehensive set of tools covering intra-op MR image processing, MR-safe robot sensing, positional tracking, navigation and actuation All of these working towards an ultimate goal for streamlining the effective surgical flow for MRI-guided interventions.
Through the InnoHK funding support of the HKSAR Government, the Multi-Scale Medical Robotics Center (MRC) was established in 2020 by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in collaboration with ETH Zürich, Imperial College London, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Hong Kong. We bring the worlds of medicine and robotics together, focusing on technological innovation with a strong emphasis on clinical translation and direct patient benefits.
Furthermore, we support three areas of research including: Endoluminal multi-scale robotic platforms for diagnostics and therapeutics, Magnetic-guided endoluminal robotic platform, Image-guided robotic interventions.