Future of Surgery

Smart surgery - from technical fascination to clinical reality

Smart surgery - from technical fascination to clinical reality

Artificial intelligence is developing at an enormous speed and intelligent instruments will profoundly change surgery and medical interventions.

Augmented Reality in the OR: matching man and machine

Augmented Reality in the OR: matching man and machine

One of the crucial future technologies in surgery is Augmented Reality. Most experts agree that AR will increase safety and efficiency, improve surgical training and decrease costs.

Surgical data science: data-driven assistance in the OR

Surgical data science: data-driven assistance in the OR

In the next-generation operating room interconnected sensors will collect data, analyse it in real-time and make it available to digital assistance functions.

The role of surgical 3D printing in hospitals

The role of surgical 3D printing in hospitals

More and more hospitals are entering the world of 3D printing in surgery as decision-makers and surgeons are realising the immense benefits for surgeons and patients alike.

VR and lightweight robot simulate hip replacement

VR and lightweight robot simulate hip replacement

Researchers have developed a HIPS, the worldwide first Virtual Reality training simulator for hip replacement surgery.

Endoscopic robotic system used for treating cancer

Endoscopic robotic system used for treating cancer

Researchers have developed an robotic system to enhance the safety and efficacy of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for the treatment of gastrointestinal cancer.

Patches detect when a viral disease is getting worse

Patches detect when a viral disease is getting worse

Xsensio has been awarded CHF 1.8 million in EU funding to adapt its Lab-on-Skin sensing patches so that they can detect when a viral illness like the flu or COVID-19 is about to get worse.

Bionics open eyes to a frontier in vision restoration

Bionics open eyes to a frontier in vision restoration

Researchers have developed a revolutionary cortical vision device that could one day help restore vision to the blind.

Assessing mental illnesses through digital phenotyping

Assessing mental illnesses through digital phenotyping

Digital phenotyping and machine learning have emerged as promising tools for monitoring patients with psychosis spectrum illnesses.

Diabetes: Painless paper patch test uses microneedles

Diabetes: Painless paper patch test uses microneedles

Researchers have developed a microneedle patch for monitoring glucose levels using a paper sensor.

Oxygen-releasing bioink for bioprinting

Oxygen-releasing bioink for bioprinting

Researchers have developed an oxygen-releasing bioink that may be useful in 3D printing bioengineered cell constructs.

3D printed smart swabs for COVID-19 testing

3D printed smart swabs for COVID-19 testing

Researchers have created a 3D printed self-adjusting smart swab that could be used for COVID-19 testing.

3D-printed parts could make ventilators safer

3D-printed parts could make ventilators safer

Researchers at Duke University have engineered a workaround to make ventilators safer and more efficient when splitting them between patients.

Machine learning could enhance scientific peer review

Machine learning could enhance scientific peer review

Researchers make the case that Artificial Intelligence tools have the potential to help researchers separate the wheat from the chaff.

AI signals a possible disease resurgence

AI signals a possible disease resurgence

Scientists have used machine learning to predict the reemergence of existing infectious diseases.

Machine learning system sorts out materials' databases

Machine learning system sorts out materials' databases

Scientists have used machin -learning to organize the chemical diversity found in the ever-growing databases for the popular metal-organic framework materials.

VR trains public to reverse opioid overdoses

VR trains public to reverse opioid overdoses

Researchers developed a virtual reality immersive video aimed at training and motivating people to save lives from opioid overdoses.

VR training improves physical and cognitive functions

VR training improves physical and cognitive functions

Researchers have developed an innovative training protocol that, utilizing immersive virtual reality (IVR), leads to real physical and cognitive benefits.

AR telemedicine effective for battlefield

AR telemedicine effective for battlefield

A study shows medics successfully performing surgery in life-like simulations of these war zones by receiving guidance from surgeons through an AR headset.

Why do human-like robots elicit uncanny feelings?

Why do human-like robots elicit uncanny feelings?

Many people experience an uneasy feeling in response to robots that are nearly lifelike, and yet somehow not quite “right”.

Positive results for exosuit in stroke rehabilitation

Positive results for exosuit in stroke rehabilitation

Researchers have published the results of a trial of the ReWalk ReStore soft robotic exosuit for gait training in individuals undergoing post-stroke rehabilitation.

COVID-19 testing: Robotic platform helps to scale up capacity

COVID-19 testing: Robotic platform helps to scale up capacity

Researchers havee repurposed robotic technology normally used for synthetic biology research to help with testing for COVID-19.

Depression risk detected by measuring heart rate changes

Depression risk detected by measuring heart rate changes

For the first time doctors have shown that measuring changes in 24-hour heart rate can reliably indicate whether or not someone is depressed.

Next-generation cast inspired by animal scales

Next-generation cast inspired by animal scales

A graduate has designed wearable technology inspired by protective structures found in the animal world to protect athletes from injury.

Smart contact lens to combat eye deficiencies

Smart contact lens to combat eye deficiencies

Researchers have developed an artificial iris integrated inside a contact lens that can automatically set the proper pupil size to achieve optimal focus and depth of field.

Monitoring sleep positions for a healthy rest

Monitoring sleep positions for a healthy rest

Researchers have developed a wireless, private way to monitor a person’s sleep postures using reflected radio signals from a small device mounted on a bedroom wall.

AI-controlled sensors could save lives in 'smart' hospitals

AI-controlled sensors could save lives in 'smart' hospitals

Researchers explain how computer scientists and clinicians are trying to reduce fatal medical errors by building “ambient intelligence” into the spaces where patients reside.

'Deep tech' can help coronavirus response – but there's resistance

'Deep tech' can help coronavirus response – but there's resistance

The development of new medical technologies based on cutting-edge discoveries has accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tectales - tagging medical technologies

Tectales aims to develop a roadmap of the future of health technology, by deep-diving into the emerging technologies and showcasing the sparks and solutions as well as platforms and players. The ultimate goal is to build a comprehensive guide where those interested can learn about latest research and application of emerging technologies in medicine!