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Remote Surgery with Tele-medicine

10 August 2022

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Medical Robot for remote surgery

Tele-surgery is defined as an emerging surgical process performed by remotely located surgeons with robotic devices as the eyes, ears and hands of the surgeon. It allows surgeons to perform operations on remotely isolated patients.

With it headquarters in Japan, Soliton has teamed up with national partners KDDI, a major Japanese telecommunication company, and Riverfield, a developer of robotic surgery devices, to prove a whole new world of wireless surgical devices.

This new revolution of tele-surgery is the combination of a variety of cutting-edge technological advancements. For successful operations, it is imperative that the surgeon can view and control the robot in real time. For this to be effective, Soliton has developed ultra-low latency transmission of high-definition live video over wireless communications. Even a slight delay could have a catastrophic impact.  When it comes to training, video is distributed simultaneously to multiple skilled surgeons, some of whom are in a consultative role. Additionally, trainee doctors who want to observe the operation in absolute real-time can do so.

For network connectivity, the telecoms group KDDI not only provides the 5G infrastructure, but also the MEC which is a hosted cloud service that is situated on the “edge”, that is close to the 5G infrastructure. Having it close keeps latency to an absolute minimum. The final piece of the solution, the robotic device, is provided by Riverfield which completes the technology infrastructure to fulfil an emerging and highly innovative telesurgery application.

With the advance of 5G telecommunications and the development of Multi Access Edge Computing (MEC), innovations around remote control of global devices in absolute real time has become a reality.