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Surgeon of the future

Surgical precision is getting more precise with greater cooperation between humans and technology in the medical field.

Around the medical world, remarkable new technology is being developed to help doctors treat us better.

From smart pills to wearable chairs, read on to find out what the future holds.

Robotic Ultrasound Probe: Using wrist articulation, the ultrasound probe, developed by Hitachi, can be easily manoeuvred by surgeons, capturing real-time ultrasound imaging in complex areas and angles to precisely identify the extent of tumours in the kidney.

Smart pills: Dissolvable chips and sensors in medication are being used to relay information about a patient to their doctor.

Camera pill: A camera in a capsule the size of a large vitamin pill that can be swallowed and transmit images as it travels naturally through the digestive tract. A very different home movie…

Real time health analyser: Your health and potential illnesses can now be diagnosed in the comfort of your own home by a tricorder collecting data about your vital signs, body chemistry and biological functions. It is an AI engine that learned to diagnose by integrating years of experience in clinical emergency medicine with data analysis from actual patients.

Wearable chair: Designed for surgeons, the wearable chair allows for sitting during surgery, thus reducing fatigue during long and physically demanding operations.

Wearable exoskeleton glove: These gloves record the position of the fingers and communicate this to the robotic tools inside the body using tele-operated technology. Surgeons will be able to use their hands as they would in open incision surgery. This would be a lot more efficient and cut down on training for robotic equipment because of the relatable hand-like mechanism.

Smart glasses: Relaying live images from inside the body, smart glasses bring the data to the surgeon's field of vision, rather than constantly needing to walk closer towards the screen to get a better look, and requiring more time to re-focus.