Product category: Other equipment for electromedicine / medical technology
All robot capabilities that are particularly required in medical technology are bundled by the LBR Med. KUKA supplies the LBR Med as a robotic component for integration into a medical product. This integration is surprisingly easy, as KUKA provides you with a CB Report in accordance with IEC 60601-1 and IEC 62304 for the LBR Med. This year the KUKA LBR Med was honored with the renowned IERA Award. The KUKA LBR Med convinced the jury thanks to its wide range of potential applications, the safety technologies required for integration into medical products and the great importance of medical therapy, rehabilitation and nursing care in an aging society.
KUKA partners with universities, research institutes, technology providers, system integrators and end users to develop innovative robotic solutions for various application domains. Especially in the medical field, KUKAs partner network helps to ensure that its medical robotic components are innovations on the cutting edge. For example, KUKA is part of the European research project MURAB, which is developing solutions for faster and better diagnoses in the fields of breast cancer and muscle diseases. If a breast cancer screen indicates an abnormality, a biopsy of the suspicious tissue is taken for closer examination, which requires exquisite targeting of the suspicious tissue. A combination of MRI imaging and ultrasound locates the exact target. The KUKA robot then guides the ultrasound probe and aligns the biopsy needle holder with the lesion so that the doctor can insert a needle precisely.
Siemens Healthcare: Medical robots for revolutionary X-ray imagery
The ARTIS pheno from Siemens has brought a new robot-supported angiography system onto the market. A KR QUANTEC with its KR C4 technology, which in recent years has been optimally adapted and expanded for clinical use by the KUKA Medical Robotics team, is the robotic heart of the X-ray system. The Siemens ARTIS pheno using a C-shaped X-ray arm which automatically moves across the patient, enables quick and precise X-ray investigations of blood vessels. The region of the body on which the system is focusing can be imaged from virtually all directions without having to relocate the patient.
Since 2000, KUKA has been working in partnership with Accuray. From this partnership, the first commercially available robot-guided radiation surgery system arose. Since then, the CyberKnife system has been brought into use for high-precision tumor treatment at leading radiation therapy centers throughout the world. The surgeon uses a bundled, high-energy X-ray beam instead of a scalpel. As the patient lies on the operating table this beam is guided around him by a robot arm so that the dose is concentrated in the tumor. An imaging system records the position of the tumor and signals any movement to the robot, which then compensates for these motions. Thus, the CyberKnife is able to hit tumors with pinpoint accuracy leaving the surrounding healthy tissue undamaged, regardless of where in the body the tumor is located.
KUKA KUKA is a global automation corporation with sales of around 3.5 billion euro and around 14,200 employees. As leading global supplier of intelligent automation solutions KUKA offers its customers in the automotive, electronics, consumer goods, metalworking, logistics/e-commerce, healthcare and service robotics industries everything they need from a single source: from components and cells to fully automated systems. The KUKA Group is headquartered in Augsburg.