About this Research Topic
Early detection of cancer is important to improve cancer outcomes. Cancer diagnosis is a process which involves multiple steps including, physical examination, imaging, biomarker tests and sometimes even invasive tissue biopsy procedures.
Recent advances in robotics and robotic technologies have the potential to facilitate and improve the diagnostic workstream by delivering precise and minimally invasive interventions for cancer detection and treatment. These new robotic tools can disrupt how early cancer detection tests and examinations are delivered to the patient, reduce errors, and speed up the diagnostic workstream; as well as increase the safety of diagnosis with real-time and localized detection without the need for biopsy. This developing field benefits from bringing together expertise from different disciplines including clinical technologies, control engineering, human-computer interaction, image and vision computing.
The goal of this Research Topic on robotic technologies for diagnostic delivery and early detection of cancer is to seed new ideas that can be applied to improve diagnosis and early detection of cancer. It will bring together different disciplines to address important challenges in developing new technologies to advance the diagnostic workstream.
Areas to be covered in the Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:
• Development of robotic systems for cancer detection and treatment
• Micro- and nano-robots for diagnostic delivery
• Robotic vision for intraoperative navigation and guidance
• Diagnostic decision making and training
• Human-robot interaction (from both clinician and patient perspectives)
• Robot control and autonomous task execution
• Robotic technologies for low-cost diagnostics
Topic Editor Gastone Ciuti is co-founder and CEO of Mediate Srl. All other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regard to the Research Topic subject.
Keywords: Robotics, Cancer, Early Detection, Cancer Diagnosis, Human-Robot Interaction, Control Engineering
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