Robots are being increasingly utilized in the medical field. But this is not new. For over 30 years, they have been supporting patient care in healthcare facilities worldwide. Perhaps the best-known robot-based system from this “pioneer era” is the da Vinci Surgical System. Despite this “tradition,” however, the age of medical robotics has only just begun, as a new breed of sensitive and collaborative robots is poised to shape the future of robotics in medicine.
The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) is the primary global resource for data on robotics. While the worldwide figures on industrial robotics are considered to be accurate, those for service robotics are seen only as trend indicators and are often underestimated