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  • Professor Niu Haitao operating remotely through a robot linked to the 5G network, Sept. 27, 2020.

    Professor Niu Haitao operating remotely through a robot linked to the 5G network, Sept. 27, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @Polesud92

Published 7 October 2020
Opinion

So far China has built more than 500,000 5G base stations and 100 million networked devices.

A Chinese medical team has performed a remote radical cystectomy on a patient 3,000 kilometers away with the help of a domestically-developed surgical robot using 5G.

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Professor Niu Haitao with the Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University completed the laparoscopic radical cystectomy by operating China's newest-generation surgical robot Micro Hand's master console to control its arms in the operating room in the Xixiu District Hospital in Anshun in Guizhou Province.

The robot accurately repeated the doctor's movements, removing the lesions in the targeted area. At the same time, the application of holographic projection technology enabled Niu to interact with the patient and medical staff with almost no time lag.

The patient was diagnosed with bladder cancer three months ago and was in dire need of surgery after the condition suddenly exacerbated. The entire operation was carried out smoothly with no apparent bleeding or other complications.

Long-distance surgery with the surgical robot using 5G network can help patients save time and expenses on travel and accommodation, and improve health care in remote areas.

So far, China has built over 500,000 5G base stations and the number of connected devices on the network has exceeded 100 million.

"Nowadays 5G applications in China are continuously enriched, covering activities such as medical treatment, media, and transportation," Li Ying, an official from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), said.

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