MedStar Health's MSK institute introduces robotic arm to test orthopedic implants


Baltimore-based MedStar Health installed a Kuka Quantec robotic arm to support research on joint movement.

The robot will be used to test orthopedic implants and other therapies for joint injuries, according to a Nov. 3 news release from Medstar. Traditionally, orthopedic researchers use custom-built machines to simulate joint movement, but the Quantec arm can be programmed to replicate a particular motion multiple times.

The device was purchased as part of a multimillion dollar renovation of the Musculoskeletal Research and Innovation Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

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