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System to Support Minimally Invasive Surgery

Kazutoshi Kan, Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd.
Michio Oikawa, Systems Development Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd.
Etsuji Yamamoto, Ph.D., Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd.
Hiroshi Takeuchi, Ph.D., Medical Systems Division, Hitachi, Ltd.

ABSTRACT

In the field of surgical treatment, minimally invasive surgery, which implements surgical operation with small incisions, reduces the strain on patients. Moreover, with this surgery it is also possible to suppress medical expenses through reductions in the time that patients must spend in hospital. We are currently developing a system to support minimally invasive surgery. We will introduce this system and describe two technologies, an image processing system and a surgical operation support system, which support it.

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