Needle and Biopsy Robots: a Review

Françoise Jeanette Siepel*, Bogdan Mihai Maris, Marcel Klaas Welleweerd, Vincent Groenhuis, Paolo Fiorini, Stefano Stramigioli

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Purpose of the review: Robotics is a rapidly advancing field, and its introduction in healthcare can have amultitude of benefits for clinical practice. Especially, applications depending on the radiologist’s accuracy and precision, such as percutaneous interventions, may profit. This paper provides an overview of recent robot-assisted percutaneous solutions.

Recent findings: Percutaneous interventions are relatively simple and the quality of the procedure increases a lot by introducing robotics due to the improved accuracy and precision. The success of the procedure is heavily dependent on the ability to merge pre- and intraoperative images, as an accurate estimation of the current target location allows to exploit the robot’s capabilities.

Summary: Despite much research, the application of robotics in some branches of healthcare is not commonplace yet. Recent advances in percutaneous robotic solutions and imaging are highlighted, as they will pave the way to more widespread implementation of robotics in clinical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Robotics Reports
Early online date25 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Robot
  • Needle
  • Image-guided interventions
  • Medical
  • Diagnostic leukapheresis (DLA)
  • Biopsy


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