A $400,000 robotic which can maintain the important thing to important enhancements in hip and knee replacements is now operational on the Kolling Institute, a three way partnership between the Northern Sydney Native Well being District and the College of Sydney.
Referred to as KOBRA or the Kolling Orthopaedic Biomechanics Robotic Arm, the brand new know-how delivers a sophisticated testing facility, whereas vastly growing analysis capabilities.
It’s the largest of its sort in Australia and one in every of simply two SimVitro robots within the nation.
Affiliate Professor Elizabeth Clarke, from the College of Sydney and Director of the Kolling Institute’s Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory has welcomed its set up, saying it represents a big step ahead for orthopaedic and biomedical engineering analysis and the event of medical know-how.
“KOBRA can be used to simulate advanced human actions on joints. It is a new means of testing joints and only a few different machines have this functionality the place they’ll take a look at any joint within the physique via a broad vary of life-like manoeuvres,” she mentioned.
“This robotic is exclusive as it could possibly take a look at advanced actions equivalent to hip flexing, squatting, strolling and throwing, actions which contain compression and twisting. Basically, it is ready to copy human actions, giving researchers a clearer image of how joints will carry out in numerous conditions.”