Israel is one of the leaders in developing robotic tools that assist surgeons, helping them perform with more accuracy in surgery. Our friends at ISRAEL21c say that one day, surgeons might even be able to operate remotely using these tools and the internet, so they won’t even have to be in the same room as their patient.
Only a handful of surgical robots currently are approved for use, and Israelis developed three of them.
“This really puts us in the center of the field,” says Prof. Alon Wolf, founding director of the Biorobotics and Biomechanics Lab at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and chair of the Robotics in Healthcare session at the upcoming 2016 IATI-BioMed conference in Tel Aviv, May 24-26…
Wolf explains that surgical robotics began as a vision of the US army to deliver immediate treatment on the battlefield without exposing the surgeon to danger. A medic would put the robot into place and the surgeon would operate it remotely from a bunker.
“This vision is not completely realized yet, but we do have enabling technologies that allow you to do things in the operating room that you could not do before, and that’s crucial,” says Wolf. “In addition, improved remote capabilities allow a surgeon to log into cameras in other cities and control the view in real time via computer.”