Will AI take over Surgeons?

Will AI take over Surgeons?


With the recent dynamic shifts in the paradigms of technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are all new rage. It is needless to say that artificial intelligence has impacted every industry significantly. In the last few months, the controversy for artificial intelligence impregnating the health industry has stirred. To be precise, people are concerned if artificial intelligence will replace surgeons to perform surgeries and operations. Well, it has become possible to some extent as robots are being used for the operations.

The rise of Robo-surgeon arose in the last couple of years according to The Guardian; would people trust the robot putting a scalpel in their bodies? Well, answers can vary. With the upraise of artificial intelligence, human resources are being replaced by machines and the medical care industry is no exception. According to the recent paper, 700 medical care occupants can be replaced if machines are programmed to diagnose and conduct surgeries on the patients.
The patients will be helped through diagnosing and treatment through robots. However, if we talk about today, there are Robo-surgeons but the human surgeons operate them at the back end. No doubt that technology has been innovated but there is a long time till the surgical robots are delivered with the ability to conduct autonomous operations.

What Do The Experts Think?

According to the researchers and experts, there is undoubtedly a future for artificial intelligence, but it will be restricted to assistance and enhancement as it cannot replace the surgeons for some apparent reason. Keane, another medical researcher, stated that surgical robots could be used to conduct the OCT scan visualizing which will help in traversing the medical instrument around the eye. However, this is just an idea and even if put to reality, it will take time.



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The Present

To this date, the following artificial intelligence innovations have been done such as;

  • Robotic arms can conduct ultrasound during the operations which can aid in identifying the type of tumor
  • Through augmented reality, surgeons can have information about the patient in real-time

These two technologies can be integrated by the implementation of algorithms leading to the empowerment of the surgeons to make decisions robustly in an efficient manner.
Moreover, there was a real medical surgery conducted at University College Hospital in central London. The man was undergoing the removal of the cancerous prostate glands through the metal arms of a machine which is a glimpse into the future. However, the machine was controlled by the surgeon through the 3D monitor.
The arms were controlled through the joystick control and a foot-pedal pressure. According to the professor, she has conducted 500 such procedures, which enhanced the results because without the surgical instrument, surgeons had to look inside with a flashlight, and that impacted the results.

The Bottom Line

Overall, the chances are pretty low because the uneven development of information and low-saturated data integrity are the major issues. For now, datasets need to be checked and validated because according to IRM, clinical trial results can be trusted, but still, surgery remains the challenging podium and only time will tell!

12 thoughts on “Will AI take over Surgeons?

  1. Sanjay Mair says:

    I have just discover from the Mayo Clinic website that robot-assisted surgery allows doctors to perform numerous types of complex procedures with greater precision, flexibility and control than is possible with conventional surgical techniques.

  2. Cally Felix says:

    Robot-assisted surgery is usually applied to minimally invasive interventions and is nowadays less frequent in open surgery.

  3. Rhea Whitaker says:

    In this new type of surgery, the surgeon controls the robot’s arms while sitting at the control panel near the operating table. Using the panel, the operator observes the operating field remotely with very advanced visualization techniques.

  4. Scarlet Hooper says:

    Most probably the tech involved can prevent an error commanded by the surgeon if he “thinks” is not the right move. Perhaps double checking and asking again “are you sure you want to cut the main arteria?”

  5. Will Pemberton says:

    Wow mind blowing stuff. Like a pop up appears on the screen telling the doctor, press yes if you want to continue with youur selected action and probably kill the patient, press no if you want the computer to take over your mess and start again from scratch.

  6. Graeme Alvarado says:

    The da Vinci system has been designed to improve laparoscopy (a surgical procedure in which a fibre-optic instrument is inserted through the abdominal wall to view the organs in the abdomen or permit small-scale surgery) techniques and in this video you can learn more about its engineering and its operation, it is likely that if you are not a specialist in the sector you will be surprised at how advanced robotics in medicine is. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/3YhaSqRGkYE

  7. Haydon Rasmussen says:

    Saw the video. Many thanks for sharing, it is really incredible the level of technology we are applying to conventional surgery these days.

  8. Brandi Gonzalez says:

    Among the disadvantages of Da Vinci we can list: high costs, problems relating to the installation of the equipment in pre-existing environments logistics and communication problems within the team (can overcome with experience), problems related to the surgeon’s lack of tactile perception: this feedback is very important.

  9. Joely Odom says:

    This system is fully operational from many years but not as technologically advanced as the Senhance Surgical Robotic System that uses 3D glasses and an Operating System thaqt can be controlled with the movement of the surgeon eyes.

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