Researchers at the University of Leeds’ STORM Lab have made significant advancements in the detection and treatment of lung cancer with the development of ultra-soft, magnetically controlled robots. At just 2mm in diameter, these robots can navigate deeper into the lungs, providing more tailored and less invasive treatments. Initial tests on cadavers showed promising results, published in Nature Engineering Communications.
In a related breakthrough, the team successfully demonstrated the coordinated use of two independent magnetic robots within confined areas of the human body, enabling complex procedures like endonasal brain surgery. This important contribution to the field of magnetically controlled robotics is documented in Advanced Intelligent Systems.
These projects have attracted widespread media attention, with features in The Times, The Sun, and the Daily Mail. The team is now gathering the necessary data to commence human trials. For more information, visit the Leeds University website.