Doctors in China have used 5G to perform remote surgery, inserting a stimulation device in the brain of a Parkinson’s patient from nearly 1,900 miles away.
5G makes this possible by cutting latency to an almost instantaneous 2 milliseconds between devices, allowing surgeons to conduct procedures as if they were right next to the patient.
The tech could give private healthcare providers an edge over rivals, and the ability to provide services to patients further afield as 5G coverage increases.
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In January this year, cameras were on hand to film the jaw-dropping sight of the world’s first 5G remote surgery on a lab animal.
Two months later, it was a human’s turn , when a doctor in the Chinese city of Sanya inserted a stimulation device in the brain of a Parkinson’s patient nearly 1,900 miles away in Beijing, according to state media.
At this point, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were watching a sci-fi film set sometime in the future, but this is actually present-day surgery, thanks to 5G technology.
Until now, remote surgery using wireless networks has been impossible, because the lag time between input and output lasts around a quarter of a second, sometimes as long as 2 seconds — a delay potentially harmful, possibly fatal, to a patient. Now, 5G promises to change all that, with its latency reduced to an almost instantaneous 2 milliseconds between devices.
Dr Michael Kranzfelder, a senior physician at Munich’s Technical University, explains that this speed resembles surgery using traditional cables, when surgeons are able to work directly from monitors without delay, but with the added benefit of being able to operate at a much greater distance from the theatre.
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Source:: Business Insider