New Robotic Drill Makes Complex Cranial Surgery 50 Times Faster
Added May 3, 2017 | Rate View top rated
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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