A Robot Performed Soft-Tissue Surgery By Itself

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Would you trust an unassisted robot to perform surgery on you? That could be the way of the future, and it may be even safer and more effective than surgery conducted by a human doctor. A study published in the May 2016 issue of Science Translational Medicine reported that a robot performed soft-tissue surgery by itself for the first time. The surgical bot, developed by researchers from the Children's National Medical Center, is called STAR, or Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot. The robot was supervised by human surgeons, but otherwise unassisted with the actual operating. STAR did a great job too; the machine outperformed human surgeons by every metric except speed. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.


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