Sunday, February 24, 2008

Remote Robotic Surgery:Outsourced to Bangalore?

Thanks to an anonymous CD reader for this comment:

"As remote controlled robots are utilized more and more to do operations it is conceivable that one day a surgeon in Bangalore, India will perform operations on patients located in a Walmart surgical clinic in Mobile, Alabama. The technology has been here for a relatively long time."

For example, in 2001, surgeons in the U.S. Performed an Operation in France Via Robot.

More recently:

"Northeast Georgia residents needing cardiac surgery will have an innovative new treatment option next year in the region. Officials with Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville said they have received a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor to purchase a da Vinci Surgical System, which can be operated remotely.

The physician actually sits in a different location and operates through a screen, a robot, that can actually enter the chest cavity or the abdominal area, depending on whether they are doing an abdominal area or doing a heart."

And what about remote robotic surgery for the U.S. soldiers in combat?

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — "Robotic surgery, which could be performed on patients in remote locations such as Iraq while the surgeon is in another location, is feasible despite needing significant mechanical improvements, a surgeon said here."

3 Comments:

At 2/24/2008 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Anvari, the first practicing telesurgeon routinely operates on patients located 250 miles away.

A robot medic, the first portable, self-contained surgical robot called a Trauma Pod will be deployed in the next two years.

The goal is to have computers do all of the surgery one day.

Silicon Valley-based SRI International is focusing their work on adaptive algorithms, to move away from remote telesurgery and closer to autonomy. The company plans to build a system for NASA that could treat an astronaut on Mars, where communication delays of more than 20 minutes would make telesurgery impossible.

 
At 2/24/2008 12:03 PM, Anonymous truedough said...

Yeah, Germany is becoming advanced in this area.
Canada has a team doing the same thing:
http://www.lhsc.on.ca/About_Us/CSTAR/

 
At 2/24/2008 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robots Help Spur U.S. Manufacturing

"measured by production, share of the U.S. and world economies, or investment and export trends, American factories are doing very well."

—In real dollars, American manufacturers produced $1.53 trillion worth of goods in 2005—up from $900 billion in 1992, a 70 percent increase.

—The most recent data show that manufacturing accounts for 13.5 percent of the U.S. economy in real dollars—up from 12.9 percent in 1992.

—World Bank and U.N. reports find that the United States accounted for 21.1 percent of the world's manufacturing output in 2003, only slightly less than the 21.4 percent of 1993.

 

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