His team created a robotic arm that helps kill cancer using artificial intelligence – CBC

New technology helps overcome one of the biggest barriers of some cancer treatments

Nov 23, 2023

A robotic arm developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo aims to help doctors more efficiently kill cancerous tumours.

It works by helping guide doctors to more accurately focus high-intensity focused ultrasound treatment or HIFU on cancerous tumours, limiting the amount of damage done to healthy, non-cancerous cells.

Moslem Sadeghi Goughari, the research lead behind the project, said the robotic arm is the first to use artificial intelligence in this way.

“Artificial intelligence right now is an accepted technology for healthcare. It’s currently used, for example, for cancer diagnosis. But in terms of the HIFU monitoring, we are the first group of people that’s using A.I. for this procedure,” he said.

HIFU is a minimally invasive medical procedure that is used to treat tumours using ultrasound waves that heat and kill cancer cells.

The robotic arm that Sadeghi Goughari and his team created will allow doctors to more accurately monitor the progress of HIFU treatment as it is happening. This is made possible by equipping the robotic arm with artificial intelligence.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/hifu-non-invasive-cancer-treatment-artificial-intelligence-robot-university-of-waterlo-1.7036627

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