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Robotics in MRI-Guided Interventions

Hata, Nobuhiko PhD; Moreira, Pedro PhD; Fischer, Gregory PhD

Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: February 2018 - Volume 27 - Issue 1 - p 19–23
doi: 10.1097/RMR.0000000000000159
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Robots have been found to be a useful tool in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided intervention. The utility of robots in MRI-guided therapy ranges from aid for precision targeting to high-dexterity surgical tools to improve or even enable new MRI-guided therapy options. The objective of this article is to review the technical aspects of robotics in MRI-guided interventions, highlight the role of MRI robots in prostate interventions, and finally discuss the future contribution of emerging robotics technology useful in MRI-guided intervention.

Department of Radiology, National Center for Image Guided Therapy, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.

Address correspondence to Nobuhiko Hata, PhD, Department of Radiology, National Center for Image Guided Therapy, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis St, Boston, MA 02115 (e-mail: hata@bwh.harvard.edu).

This article was supported by grant from P41EB015898.

N.H. is a member of the Board of Directors of Harmonus Inc and has an equity interest in the company. N.H.'s interests were reviewed and are managed by the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Partners HealthCare in accordance with their conflict of interest policies.

The remaining authors report no conflicts of interest.

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