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Chinese team conducts pioneering remote surgery between Beijing, Rome

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Chinese team conducts pioneering remote surgery between Beijing, Rome

2024-06-09 17:34 Last Updated At:06-10 00:57

An experienced Chinese medical team on Friday successfully completed a groundbreaking remote robotic surgical operation at a frontier practical conference.

Led by Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) academician Zhang Xu, also the urology department director at the Third Medical Center of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) General Hospital, the Chinese medical team carried out the operation simultaneously in Rome, capital of Italy and Beijing, capital of China.

The two places are about 8,100 kilometers apart, with the two-way communication distance exceeding 20,000 kilometers.

While Zhang was skillfully operating a self-developed remote surgical robot in Rome, in an operating room of the Third Medical Center of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) General Hospital, the surgical robot received remote information instructions from Zhang and executed them precisely on a prostate cancer patient to remove the lesion. "The biggest problem with a remote surgery is communication -- whether there is any delay. During today's surgery, there was almost no delay, and it was almost the same as an on-site surgery," said Zhang.

"To me, it was a really, a historical experience, a historical moment. The fact that he was able to do it in Rome makes us very, very happy," said Vito Pansadoro, chairman of Challenges in Laparoscopy, Robotics and AI, the frontier field conference.

Zhang said that the remote surgery is a systematic innovation brought about by the cross-integration of new technologies and new concepts, and is of great significance for remote treatment in future battlefield environments and disaster-stricken areas.

In the next step, China will apply the research direction to military field medical services to better protect officers and soldiers stationed in remote areas, according to Zhang.

"Through the remote surgery, we can project the most advanced medical resources to the front line in real time," Zhang said.

Chinese team conducts pioneering remote surgery between Beijing, Rome

Chinese team conducts pioneering remote surgery between Beijing, Rome

Chinese team conducts pioneering remote surgery between Beijing, Rome

Chinese team conducts pioneering remote surgery between Beijing, Rome

Chinese team conducts pioneering remote surgery between Beijing, Rome

Chinese team conducts pioneering remote surgery between Beijing, Rome

Chinese team conducts pioneering remote surgery between Beijing, Rome

Chinese team conducts pioneering remote surgery between Beijing, Rome

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Severe weather alerts issued as China braces for heavy rainfall, flooding

2024-07-18 16:14 Last Updated At:16:37

China's meteorological authority issued a yellow alert for heavy rainfall and a blue alert for severe convective weather on Thursday morning, as heavy downpours have battered the country in recent days.

According to the Ministry of Water Resources on Wednesday, water levels of 81 rivers across central Chinese provinces of Hubei and Hunan, east China's Jiangxi Province, northwest China's Shaanxi Province and other places remained above warning levels.

Currently, the ministry maintains a Level III emergency response to flooding in Anhui and Hunan provinces, and a Level IV emergency response to flooding in eight provinces, namely Jiangsu, Hubei, Sichuan, Jiangxi, Shandong, Henan, Shaanxi and Gansu.

Meanwhile, Shaanxi Province has been lashed by heavy rainfall since Saturday. As a result, many roads and tunnels were flooded on Wednesday in Ningshan County in Shaanxi's Ankang City, disrupting traffic.

Heavy rainfall also drenched Henan Province on Sunday, with 32 large and medium-sized reservoirs' water levels exceeding flood limit.

Starting from Tuesday, many places in southern Shandong Province have experienced heavy rainfall. In the early hours of Wednesday, a reservoir in Zaozhuang City, which saw the water level approaching limits, began releasing floodwaters.

Similarly, the water level in the Huainan section of the Huaihe River in Anhui Province continued to rise. As of Wednesday noon, Zhengyangguan Town's floods exceeded the warning level by one meter. In response, the town set up a working group to monitor the flood situation all day long.

On Wednesday morning, a landslide occurred near Jiajiadian Village in Zigui County, Hubei Province, causing extensive damages to roads and citrus orchards.

Starting from Tuesday, heavy rainfalls wreaked havoc on Gansu Province, causing landslides and mudslides in major highways. As of Wednesday afternoon, the province's heavy round of rainfall ended, with blocked roads gradually opening to traffic.

China has a four-tier flood-control emergency response system, with Level I being the most urgent response, and a four-tier, color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe warning, followed by orange, yellow, and blue.

Severe weather alerts issued as China braces for heavy rainfall, flooding

Severe weather alerts issued as China braces for heavy rainfall, flooding

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