In this chapter, emerging technologies are emphasized in order to advance new minimally invasive surgical strategies. This chapter is particularly of interest to health care professionals and biomedical engineers who want to know the technical aspects and clinical applications of new cutting edge devices or procedures.
SEING IS BELIEVING
Vision is the central sense on which operators rely on when performing minimally invasive procedures. Therefore, augmenting the surgeon’s eye could enable safer and more precise procedures.
MAKING SENSE IN SURGERY USING NEAR-INFRARED OPTICAL IMAGING
From an engineering perspective, surgery is still poorly quantifiable and highly operator dependent, leading to variable clinical outcomes. This lecture overviews the efforts undertaken in order to develop new optical technologies to help surgeons make better-informed decision in the OR.
HELP ME SEE: THE FUTURE OF SURGICAL TRAINING?
Human anatomy and physical behaviors of organs can be modeled for computer-based surgical training, planning and guidance. This lecture showcases the work performed to deliver diffuse, specialist cataract surgery training needed for the “Help Me See” project.
BIG DATA AND MACHINE LEARNING: A NEW FRONTIER IN SURGICAL INNOVATION
This lecture gives an overview of how artificial intelligence (AI) systems could be soon supporting surgeons. Today’s operating rooms are increasingly complex due to the presence of multiple monitoring machines, imaging systems and robotic platforms.
ROBOTICS TO HELP HUMANS AND REPRODUCE NATURE
Hypes and hopes surround the future of robotics and artificial intelligence in surgery. While these fields seems close to impact our clinical work, there are a number of challenges to face in order to fully exploit their potential.
WHAT A CHEMIST CAN DO WITH MEDICAL DOCTORS
This lecture exemplifies the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in medical innovation. Luisa De Cola, a material chemist, showcases her lab’s work towards better nanoparticles-enabled multimodal imaging and more efficient hydrogel-base drug delivery.
EUS-GUIDED ENDOSCOPIC THERAPY OF BILIO-PANCREATIC DISEASES
REDEFINING THE FUTURE OF SURGERY
Prof. Giménez talks about the three biggest promises for the future of surgery: artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and imaging technologies. Drawing from other disciplines like aeronautics, he follows the changes that surgery has faced in the last 3 decades and shares his view for future.