MIRIAM is the short name given to a 5 year Robotics project of the Dutch University of Twente. MIRIAM, or Minimally Invasive Robotics in an MRI Environment in full, is the project entailing robot assisted procedures in a working MRI scanner.
Normally, using electronic equipment in the vicinity of an MRI machine is not possible due to the strong magnetic field surrounding it. The project goal is to develop a method to work much more detailed in taking biopsies for prostate cancer and subsequently the treatment of this. In both these cases, a needle has to be inserted in a relatively small problem area, making this difficult and arduous. MIRIAM should improve this drastically by:
Not only does MIRIAM provide these advantages, using more technology in surgery lets the surgeon make difficult/delicate movements with high precision.