Automating Renal Access in Kidney Stone Surgery Using AI Enabled Robot
16 June 2022 | Japan
Percutaneous nephrolithotomy is an efficient, minimally-invasive, gold standard procedure used for removing large kidney stones. Creating an access from the skin on the back to the kidney—called renal access, is a crucial yet challenging step in percutaneous nephrolithotomy. A research team questioned if artificial intelligence-powered robotic devices could be used for improved guidance compared with conventional US guidance. Specifically, they wanted to see if the AI-powered device offers better precision in percutaneous renal access along with automated needle trajectory.
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