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May 16, 2016 AT 5:48 pm

Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) Performs Successful Operation on Pig Intestine

The pig intestine was just a sample, not a live-animal operation, but the procedure was successful and shows the possibility for automated surgeries using robotics.

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Robots are a growing presence in operating rooms throughout the U.S. as surgeons embrace the technology to help them remove damaged organs or cancerous tissue. These systems have improved greatly in recent years but still need hands-on surgeons to guide their instruments and make critical decisions. Turning a robot loose on its own to cut and sew delicate tissue inside a human body would be a massively complex undertaking requiring advanced imaging, sensor and artificial intelligence technologies—not to mention a lot more acceptance from the medical community and federal regulators.

You can read more here at Scientific American, here at The Verge, or watch video of the robot in operation here at NBC News.


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