Educational Technology

June 25, 2011

Harvard Medical School adviser: Do robots make better surgeons?

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by the Detroit Free Press

Some tout robotic surgery as the next generation of laparoscopic surgery. In the most common setup, surgeons don’t stand at the operating table. Instead, they sit at a control console that displays three-dimensional images on video screens and allows a wide range of motion and 360-degree maneuverability of the instruments. Surgeons use computer controls to guide the robotic arms and hands that maneuver the surgical instruments inside the body. It’s impressive technology, but what are the benefits? Currently, there’s remarkably little, if any, evidence that robotic surgery helps the patient or the surgeon.

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