Doctors in China are using 5G internet to do surgery from far away

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2198922-doctors-in-china-are-using-5g-internet-to-do-surgery-from-far-away/

Qi Yong of the Second People's Hospital supervises a surgery performed at Yanshan Hospital through a 4K UHD live broadcast on April 1, 2019 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China.

Qi Yong of the Second People’s Hospital supervises a surgery hundreds of kilometres away

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The future of surgery could be remote. Doctors in China successfully directed a team hundreds of kilometres away to perform heart surgery using a 5G mobile internet connection. This follows on from a surgeon who recently used the same technology to remotely control a surgical robot during a procedure.

The appeal of long-distance surgery is that the leading specialist can help with or even intervene in operations far away from where they live. But having a reliable and fast enough connection …