The URobotics Program (Urology Robotics) was established in 1996 with the purpose of advancing the technology used in Urology. The lab is part of the Brady Urological Institute (Urology Department at the Johns Hopkins Medicine) and is located at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
We are a multi-disciplinary integrated team of students, engineers, and clinicians working in partnership from the bench to the bedsid We collaborate with other departments in our institution (mostly with radiology), around the country, and not the least internationally for telesurgical cases. Any work cycle of the lab is initiated by clinical demand:
Clinical Demand -› Concept -› Design -› Manufacturing -› Testing -› Trials -› Clinical Utility
The URobotics lab is specialized in the development of surgical robotic systems and especially in robotics for image-guided intervention (IGI). Besides Urology the instruments and systems created in the lab apply to a larger area of medical fields, especially to Interventional Radiology.
Two things make our lab unique: first, is the unusual interdisciplinary crossing of the engineering and urology disciplines, and the second is the complex type of our manufacturing equipment, which is rarely seen in research laboratories. We truly believe in the close relationship between design and manufacturing, which are performed in house by the same research team. This allows for not only for a achieving short feedback cycle, but also for performing more advanced designs and final products.
Our facilities have over 3,500 sqft of office, laboratory, and mechanical workshop space. The workshop equipment includes several manual and three computer controlled machine tools (CNC) for mechanical fabrication. These are networked to the PC design stations in the lab next door and make very accurate parts (down to 1µm) exactly representing the 3D geometry of the parts that we design in the computer. We also make the electronic control circuitry and write motion and image-guidance software for our systems. For these, the lab is well utilized with electronic tooling, testing equipment, and real-time 3D measurement equipment. The most commonly used software is Pro/Engineer for design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and C++ for programming.