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Anthony Knights19/07/2012 00:08:15
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Just had a great idea (although past experience would suggest I have already been beaten to it) Now that 3D images are available from MRI and CT scans, has anyone thought of using these to control robotic surgery via CNC technology?

Ady119/07/2012 01:30:17
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Robotic surgery is extremely rare and expensive

Mainly in the USA, there are few machines

Proper robotic surgery can be done via the internet with the surgeon in New York ad the patient in London

There are still serious issues with "feel" as a unit digs about inside a subject

Springbok19/07/2012 01:54:18
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For the moment I sugest you keep watching your sci fi films.

Springbok19/07/2012 07:24:50
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May I add

Worked in neurosurgery for many years and now VERY happily retired and enjoying my loco's and restoring a 3" Fowler but would at this present time shudder to think such could be done with the present technology.

Anthony subject should read patient. I wasalso involved in one of the first MRI scanners to be installed in the UK it was very interesting and could relate many stories about metal and porters.

I wish everyone a healthy and happy life


Boiler Bri19/07/2012 08:22:02
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I had robotic surgery last year. It cut down the time that i was off work and away from my business.

The machine is a Davinchi. Surgeon sits at a 3d terminal. You are upside down on a table elswhere. Look it up on U tube.

Just a note as i was only 52, get you PSA checked. The percentage rate for prostrate cancer is: 60% at 60 years old will suffer!


David Littlewood19/07/2012 11:01:54
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A trifle over-pessimistic, at 60 it's about 0.3% per year, at 75 it has increased to 0.8% per year; see **LINK**


Bazyle19/07/2012 11:15:23
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I think this falls into same area as pilotless planes - eeeeek. face 3

blowlamp19/07/2012 11:36:08
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I think I've got G-code for some DIY CNC Root Canal treament if anyone wants to try it face 7


jason udall19/07/2012 13:57:27
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MRI to 3d object printing is used .. model skull, tumour, nerves and vessels, and with this plan best route.

same thing for reconstructive metal work... check there is enough bone for that fastner placement etc..

this field is yet to reach even a fraction of its potential ...

Russell Eberhardt19/07/2012 16:05:37
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Not exactly robotic surgery but very impressive medical use of cnc : **LINK**


DerryUK19/07/2012 19:14:34
125 forum posts

David you missed this in the second paragraph ...

Prostate cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK

I had a customer the same age as me who died from prostate cancer. I didn't get tested.

A few years later I had a PSA test as part of a series of tests, I had prostate cancer. I didn't have any symptoms. I had mine removed by keyhole surgery and been OK since, 8 years clear.

If you are over 50 get tested, just ask your surgery for a test. Normal level is around 4, mine was 12.


Mike Poole19/07/2012 21:15:23
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I was impressed that my dentist can make a crown or inlay by taking pictures of the missing tooth space or cavity for an inlay, then the computer produces a 3d model which he tweeks to his satisfaction,  a high speed twin head milling machine produces the crown from a machinable ceramic colour matched to your teeth. Check out cerec crowns on you tube.


Edited By Michael Poole on 19/07/2012 21:16:39

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