Chinese doctors perform robot-assisted brain angiography

Updated: Jan 7, 2020 Xinhua Print
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A team of Chinese doctors have successfully conducted the country's first robot-assisted brain angiography in a Beijing hospital, Science and Technology Daily reported on Jan 6.

The doctors accurately performed a brain angiography surgery on a female patient by remotely commanding "Luban," China's self-developed minimally-invasive vascular interventional surgery robot.

Angiography is an X-ray examining technique that injects contrast media into arteries to dynamically reveal the condition of major blood vessels in the brain, usually exposing medical staff to radiation throughout the surgery. A surgery robot could protect medical staff from radiation risks.

Developed by researchers from the Beijing Tiantan Hospital and Beijing Institute of Technology, the surgery robot will soon be applied in clinical practice, which will ease the shortage of high-quality medical resources in minimally-invasive interventional treatments.

With the development of 5G technology, Luban will be able to perform trans-regional surgeries in the future, according to Li Youxiang from Beijing Tiantan Hospital, one of the researchers.

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