New robotic drill performs skull surgery 50 times faster

New robotic drill performs skull surgery 50 times faster

Researchers from the University of Utah have created an automated machine that can do a complicated cranial surgery 50 times faster than standard procedures. The team's approach reduces the surgery time from two hours with a hand drill to two-and-a-half minutes. This specific surgery detailed in the paper — which was published Monday in the journal "Neurosurgical Focus" — is typically used to remove noncancerous tumors in patients with significant hearing loss. But the researchers say it's a "proof of principle" to show the robot could perform complex procedures that require experience and skill.

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