TECH-TUESDAY: Automated Drill

An Automated Drill said the be 50 times faster than a human could reduce procedure from two hours to two and a half minutes.

Researchers at the University of Utah have developed a drill that can make one type of complex cranial surgery 50 times faster than current procedures. the drill is able to make quick, clean and safe cuts, Which would reduce the time the wound is open and how long the patient is anesthetized. This would reduce the likely hood of infection, Human Error plus the surgery cost as well.

The findings were first reported in May 1st edition of Neurosurgical Focus. To be clear, the testing was not done in actual surgical settings, said A. K. Balaji, associate professor in mechanical engineering at the University of Utah. “The system has been tested in a variety of materials ranging from wax, composites, engineered cancellous and cortical bone, Prototyped skulls, and human cadavers” said by Balaji.

William Couldwell, a neurosurgeon at the University of Utah who lead the team the design the drill hopes to see it in clinics within two years.

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