As robot-assisted surgery achieves greater adoption, UPMC's Duvvuri sees the next step as semi-autonomous or robotic-guided surgery. For example, a CT scan could provide a robotic system with an overview of a patient's vasculature.
"So perhaps you overlay that image on a tumor and a robot guides the surgeon to stay away from no fly zones," Duvvuri said. "So while I see a greater role for robotics, I don't know that they will ever replace human surgeons."
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