A Chinese surgeon has performed the world's first 5G technology brain surgery, with the patient 3,000 km away from the operating physician.
Dr. According to Chinese state media reports, Ling Zhipei implanted a neurostimulator into his patient's brain on Saturday. The surgeon manipulated the instruments at PLAGH Hospital in Beijing from a clinic affiliate on the southern island of Hainan, 3,000 km away. The operation was supposed to last three hours and have been completed successfully. The patient suffering from Parkinson's disease should feel comfortable after the pioneering operation.
The doctor used a computer connected to the next generation 5G network of Chinese tech giant Huawei. The new device, according to Dr. Ling an almost timely connection. "It is hard to believe that the patient is 3,000 kilometers away",
Traditional 4G networks do not permit surgical intervention due to video delay and remote delays. The new technology seems to have solved these problems, says the surgeon.
Medical facilities around the world have conducted a series of experiments using robotic "Telesurgery" the most prominent example being the American da Vinci Surgical System. However, the technology does not yet have significant commercial impact as existing devices are criticized for a number of performance issues.
The remote operation allows people from distant or poor regions, as well as war zones, to be informed instantly of help from top doctors around the world. Due to its wide bandwidth and low latency, 5G allows for "extremely low operating delay" during the surgical procedure .
5G debuted in the remote operation in January, when a Chinese physician at Fujian Medical University on the southeast coast of China successfully performed liver surgery on animals. In mid-March, Huawei's solutions were used in the first human 5G remote operation, including a liver, at a hospital in Shenzhen, 2,000 km from the Beijing doctor's workplace.
Huawei's efforts in 5G have become a thrill for Washington after the US-China trade war last year. The Trump administration was particularly persistent in trying to blacklist Huawei for espionage allegations. Tensions escalated further when Meng Wanzhou, the company's chief financial officer, was arrested in December 2018 in Canada on a US warrant.
Along with Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Britain, Washington has prevented Huawei from building 5G networks. It also prohibited US government agencies from using Huawei products for "security reasons". Huawei filed suit against the decision.
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