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New Robotic Drill Makes Complex Cranial Surgery 50 Times Faster
To perform complex surgeries, especially cranial surgeries, surgeons typically use hand drills to make intricate openings, which can add hours to a procedure. Mechanical engineers at the University of Utah have developed a computer-driven, automated drill (similar to those used to machine automotive parts) that could play a critical role in future surgical procedures. The neurosurgical drill can make one type of complex cranial surgery 50 times faster than standard procedures - decreasing it from two hours to two-and-a-half minutes. Since the drill reduces the time the wound is open and the patient is anesthetized, the incidence of infection, human error, and surgical cost is also decreased.
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