Surgical Robots Developed by Chinese Researchers Entered High-End Hospitals

  • 2018-03-15
Robot doctors handling cases and doing surgery will is a science fiction but a documentary. On March 10, Wan Gang, minister of Science and Technology, stated at a press conference of the First Meeting of the Thirteenth National People's Congress of People's Republic of China that the surgical robots and medical devices developed by Chinese scientists and technicians have entered high-end hospitals. 1.3 million innovative medical devices of various kinds and products were applied in grassroots medical institutions, serving 450 million persons. Nowadays, the AI revolution is infiltrating into the medical field with emerging important breakthroughs. The WIT120 has begun to change the public's mode of seeking medical care.

Leonardo Da Vinci of the US is a representative of surgical robots. It is highly sought after for its features including accuracy, minimal trauma, rapid recovery, remote surgical guidance. It has been reported that as of October 2017, there were 67 Da Vinci surgical robots in mainland China. Although this figure is quite lower than that of other countries, the utilization rate of such surgical robot in mainland China is the highest in the world.

Automated dental implant robot: allowing dentists to take a back seat. Compared with traditional methods, dental implant robots enjoy the advantages of higher precision, more efficiency, minimal invasion, and more safety. The team figured out a mechanical spatial fusion location method that does not require spatial registration. The technique solved the bottleneck problem of complex robot registration operations, achieved high-precision spatial positioning, and designed an automated implant surgery robot configuration that can carry out operation flexibly in a narrow mouth. The Oral Planting Planning-Surgical Navigation-Robot Control Software System was developed to achieve accurate planning of personalized planting, full navigation during the operation, and autonomous control of the robot. On the basis of many animal experiments, we have established the clinical work program of dental implant surgery robot which can instantly restore the tooth for patients with missing teeth, which reduced the difficulty of surgery and improved the surgical effect.

It is understood that current medical artificial intelligence companies are broadly divided into two camps, core data analyses and peripheral medical services, each including different segments and application scenarios. The core data analyses are about genetic analyses (disease prediction), medical image recognition, clinical aid diagnosis, and drug development. The peripheral medical services include hospital management, health management, virtual assistants, medical robots, and medical research platforms. According to industry analysts, the WIT120 is most likely to make breakthrough progress when China’s AI is faced with an opportunity of “corner overtaking”. For the people, a growing number of "medical blackbox technologies" will secure better health for us.