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Rutgers University engineers have created a tabletop device that combines a robot, artificial intelligence, and near-infrared and ultrasound imaging to draw blood or insert catheters to deliver fluids and drugs.
The device can accurately steer needles and catheters into tiny blood vessels with minimal supervision. It can perform complex visual tasks, including identifying the blood vessels from the surrounding tissue, classifying them, and estimating their depth, followed by motion tracking. Robotic cannulation is driven by predictions from a series of deep convolutional neural networks that encode spatiotemporal information from multimodal image sequences to guide real-time motion control of the robot.
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