By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Robotics & Machine Learning -- Investigators publish new report on Oncology. According to news reporting originating in London, United Kingdom, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Robotic prostatectomy is a common surgical treatment for men with prostate cancer, with some studies estimating that 80% of prostatectomies now performed in the USA are done so robotically. Despite the technical advantages offered by robotic systems, functional and oncological outcomes of prostatectomy can still be improved further."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of London Imperial College, "Alternative minimally invasive treatments that have also adopted robotic platforms include brachytherapy and high-intensity focused ultrasonography (HIFU). These techniques require real-time image guidance-such as ultrasonography or MRI-to be truly effective; issues with software compatibility as well as image registration and tracking currently limit such technologies. However, image-guided robotics is a fast-growing area of research that combines the improved ergonomics of robotic systems with the improved visualization of modern imaging modalities."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Although the benefits of a real-time image-guided robotic system to improve the precision of surgical interventions are being realized, the clinical usefulness of many of these systems remains to be seen."
For more information on this research see: Image-guided robotic interventions for prostate cancer. Nature Reviews Urology, 2013;10(8):452-462. Nature Reviews Urology can be contacted at: Nature Publishing Group, 75 Varick St, 9TH Flr, New York, NY 10013-1917, USA. (Nature Publishing Group - www.nature.com/; Nature Reviews Urology - www.nature.com/nrurol/)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A.N. Sridhar, University of London Imperial College, Hamlyn Center Robot Surg, London SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom. Additional authors for this research include A. Hughes-Hallett, E.K. Mayer, P.J. Pratt, P.J. Edwards, G.Z. Yang, A.W. Darzi and J.A. Vale.
Keywords for this news article include: London, Europe, Oncology, Robotics, Radiotherapy, Brachytherapy, United Kingdom, Prostate Cancer, Machine Learning, Prostatic Neoplasms, Emerging Technologies
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