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Cybersurgery: robots in the operating theatre

Professor Sir Ara Darzi will talk about the advanced technologies that promise further improvements in the practice of medicine.

At no other time in history has such a rapid transition to the future occurred. What had been a century of evolution from the Industrial Age to the Information Age has, over the past decade, become a revolution. Laparoscopic surgery, which provided the "wake-up call to the information age" as the leading edge technology, has become the accepted standard of medical practice; now even more advanced technologies promise further improvements in the practice of medicine.

It is interesting, but obvious, that the changes that led to the birth of surgery were contingent on the discoveries that ushered in the Industrial Age. And just as the Industrial Age is waning, so too is the golden age of surgery. The Industrial Age is being replaced by the Information Age, and conventional surgery is being replaced by a host of minimally invasive therapies and noninvasive procedures. Because we are currently in the middle of this transition, it is unclear now how the next generation of medicine and surgery will appear, although trends in the technologies are toward low-power, miniaturized, low-cost yet highly "intelligent" systems that eventually will transform surgery from minimally invasive into noninvasive procedures whose development will depend on the emerging Information Age technologies. Laparoscopic (or minimal access) surgery is not an end-point; rather, it is a transitional phase between the radical approach of "open" surgery and the emerging forms of noninvasive image-guided procedures (Interventional MR).

Now is the time that all of these separate elements that the unit is currently active involved in such as laparoscopic surgery, telepresence, virtual reality, digital imaging, and networking are coming together. This lecture will attempt to highlight some of these advances and potentials for the future.


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Date and Time:

14 December 2006 at 7:00 pm


1 hour



Hunterian Museum, London
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
020 7869 6560

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