Microrobots for minimally invasive medicine

Annu Rev Biomed Eng. 2010 Aug 15;12:55-85. doi: 10.1146/annurev-bioeng-010510-103409.


Microrobots have the potential to revolutionize many aspects of medicine. These untethered, wirelessly controlled and powered devices will make existing therapeutic and diagnostic procedures less invasive and will enable new procedures never before possible. The aim of this review is threefold: first, to provide a comprehensive survey of the technological state of the art in medical microrobots; second, to explore the potential impact of medical microrobots and inspire future research in this field; and third, to provide a collection of valuable information and engineering tools for the design of medical microrobots.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Microsurgery / instrumentation*
  • Robotics / instrumentation*
  • Robotics / methods*