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Virtual touch helps keyhole surgeons

17th August 2011

A study by Leeds University has combined computer virtualisation with a device that simulates pressure on a surgeon’s hand when touching human tissue remotely.

The tactile feedback technology could give keyhole surgeons a virtual sense of “feeling” tumours while operating and could enable a medic to handle a tumour robotically and judge if it is malignant or benign. Cancer specialists hope the new system will help to improve future treatment although experts acknowledged that the work is still a long way from full medical use.

 

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