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Doctors Perform Surgery Live Via 5G At MWC Event

by Sadia Liaqat
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Doctor uses 5G to direct surgery live

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event which is held at Barcelona, in this event doctors have performed the world’s first remote surgery with the 5G technology.

As communication technologies keep on advancing, a group of doctors was able to use 5G technology to perform cancerous tumor removal surgery. While the surgery was being performed successfully, the instruction came from a senior head of department doctor who was at Mobile World Congress, a venue five kilometers away from the operation theater.

Hospital clinic, a hospital in Barcelona, had associated with Vodafone to have access to the fast 5G technology which is connected to the operation theater with one of the auditoriums at the MWC.

Antonio de Lacy, the Head of Gastrointestinal Surgery Department, and his team performed the surgery live and removed the cancerous tumor from the colon of the patient. The next-generation 5G mode of telecommunication enabled the doctors to have access to high quality of visual data at a much faster transfer rate, overcoming the intricacies of the operation. The teleoperation is being called as one of the first steps to the advent of remote surgeries.

“If you will do remote assisted surgery, you should be nearly there in person. You can’t have in excess of a few milliseconds latency. Also, that is the place 5G technology comes in,” GSMA executive general Mats Granryd said. Consistently, numerous surgeries are not performed simply because a specialist isn’t available in person.

5G technology is already knocking the door and we might be able to see this technology just in a matter of a few years. Samsung just unveiled its first 5G smartphone and the technology was also the hot topic at the more recent MWC event. Once available, the 5G technology will find its applications in bandwidth-intensive usages like complex medical use cases and pave way for applications like cloud quantum computing.

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