BARCELONA: Next-generation wireless technology brings the medical world closer to robots performing remote surgery, a Spanish doctor said Wednesday after completing the world's first 5G telemarketing operation.
In the past, doctors used wireless networks through telemarketing, but the speed of 5G increases the quality and definition of the image, essential elements for medical teams to make decisions with the greatest number of people. possible information and the least possible errors.
"This is a first step toward realizing our dream of remote operations in the near future," said Dr. Antonio de Lacy, after providing real-time guidance via a 5G video link from a congress center in Barcelona to a surgical team. operated a patient with an intestinal tumor about five kilometers from the clinic of the hospital.
5G dramatically reduces latency – the time it takes to respond to information sent – wireless networks, so images and data are relayed almost instantly.
Experts predict that 5G will allow surgeons to control a robot arm so they can perform operations in remote areas without specialist doctors.
De Lacy, the head of the hospital's gastrointestinal surgery department, used his finger to draw on a screen an area of the bowel where nerves lie and tell the team how navigate the surgery.
The event was part of the Mobile World Congress, the largest annual and global event of the mobile phone sector taking place this week in the coastal city of the Mediterranean.
John Hoffman, President and CEO of the GSMA Mobile Communications Organization, which hosts the annual show, said it was "the world's first 5G supervised surgery."
"It's really revolutionary and one of the benefits that 5G will bring us," he added.
During the operation, the latency of the 5G connection was only 0.01 seconds, compared with the latency period of 0.27 seconds with the 4G wireless networks that currently prevail in developing countries.
"If you're going to do remote assisted surgery, you have to be there almost in person. You can not have latency longer than two milliseconds. And that's where 5G technology comes in, "said GSMA General Manager Mats Granryd.
The low latency, faster speeds and large data capacity of the 5G could also help revolutionize multiplayer mobile gaming, factory robots and make possible new technologies such as autonomous cars.
Posted in Dawn, February 28, 2019