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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

More than 300 experts from home and abroad convened in Beijing on Tuesday to discuss ways to incorporate new technologies and enhance cultural heritage restoration and preservation.

This year's International Symposium on Cultural Heritage Conservation by Digitization has brought industry professionals from over 20 countries and regions. Experts and policymakers will present cases on digital heritage innovations, examining cutting-edge solutions in preservation and accessibility during the four-day event.

In the following days, the conference will feature themed discussions, visits to heritage sites, and a captivating digital exhibition.

"This forum has been going strong for fourteen years. Initially, it was hosted solely by Tsinghua University. Today, we have the support of international organizations and the Beijing Municipal Government. In the future, I hope more cities from different provinces and countries around the world will join us. My aspiration is for this symposium to become a global trend-setter in the field of digital heritage," said He Yan, president of CHCD and THID.

At the symposium's opening ceremony, participants witnessed the signing of the China-Greek Joint Laboratory on Digital Heritage.

He said China and Greece are nations that epitomize Eastern and Western civilizations, with both countries possessing rich cultural heritages, much of which have suffered damages over time.

Through this laboratory, the two countries aim to explore technical innovations that address their shared challenges and facilitate cross-cultural dialogues by examining respective cases together, she said.

Organized by the International Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage and Tsinghua University, the symposium underscores a global commitment to cultural heritage conservation.

Experts convene in Beijing for int'l symposium on enhancing digital cultural heritage

Experts convene in Beijing for int'l symposium on enhancing digital cultural heritage

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