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Swinburne Researchers Train Robots to Relieve Chronic Pain


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A collaborative robot applies targeted laser therapy to pain hot spots' identified by a thermal camera.

Swinburne University of Technology researchers in Australia have developed a system that can treat back, neck, and head pain caused by soft tissue injury, automatically.

Credit: Swinburne University of Technology

Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia have developed a collaborative robot system that can treat back, neck, and head pain caused by soft tissue injury, automatically.

The system analyzes the patient with a thermal camera, then uses a collaborative robot to apply targeted laser therapy to identifiBased on an analysis of the patient by a thermal camera, a collaborative robot applies targeted laser therapy to pain 'hoed pain "hot spots."

The researchers created a fully working prototype that provides such photobiomodulation therapy for chronic pain.

Said Swinburne’s Mats Isaksson, "Using the same technology used in cricket to show whether the ball has made contact with the bat, a thermal camera scans the patient and locates injuries and inflammation by identifying hot spots in a thermal image."

From Swinburne University of Technology (Australia)
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