2012

When the International Space Station (ISS) was first imagined, the idea was to create a research platform for the benefit of humankind. That goal is now a reality, and we can already see some amazing breakthroughs, including the Robo-Glove described above. So what else has the space station yielded to humankind? The International Space Station Benefits for Humanity Web site (www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/benefits/index.html) shows you the global progress resulting from the technologies of the ISS.

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One of those technologies is the neuroArm, born of the Canadian Space Agency’s family of space robots on the ISS. NeuroArm works with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems, letting surgeons perform operations while a patient is inside an MRI machine. Paige Nickason (shown in the photo pointing to where the robot entered her head) was the first patient to have brain surgery performed by the neuroArm.


Watch a video of neuroArm at work at www.techbriefs.com/tv/neuroarm.

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