Remote magnetic navigation enables precision telesurgery

04-03-2024 – Medical devices actuated by external magnetic fields can create opportunities for clinical adoption of precision telesurgery. This article first appeared in Science Robotics. (Photo Credit: Science Robotics / Nanoflex Robotics)

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The opportunities that telesurgery present have been recognized for decades and were a primary impetus for the initial development of robotic surgical systems. However, because most robotic surgeries currently performed are not time critical, the adoption of telesurgery has been slow. This is primarily because surgeons prefer being near their patient to provide direct supervision of the entire surgical workflow. 

For time-critical procedures in which treatment must be delivered as rapidly as possible, these considerations change. This is the case for diseases such as ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, myocardial infarction, and twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.

Prof. Bradley Nelson is lead author of the article and also a Board Member at Nanoflex Robotics.