5G and healthcare applications in the operating room of Rennes University Hospital

04. 05. 2022 Wednesday / By: Robert Denes / Generic / Exact time: BST / Print this page

5G technology opens up huge horizons in the field of healthcare, in which an unprecedented experiment was carried out at the University Hospital of Rennes in collaboration with AMA, b <> com, Nokia, Orange and Philips: a simulation of surgical surgery in a wireless operating room.

In September 2021, a remote diagnosis was made during an emergency medical intervention in the connected ambulance. This is made possible by the advanced features of the next generation network, these experiments are part of the European research project 5G-TOURS1, which is linked to Horizon 2020. A look back at these promising advances to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care.

The development of minimally invasive surgical techniques requires the assistance of various professionals in imaging devices such as acquisition and imaging equipment. These devices carry a large amount of data, which limits their use when sent wirelessly over current networks.

During the Laval Virtual show, Laurent Giraldon and Nicolas Ribeyre tested AMA-designed assisted reality goggles, giving them the opportunity to discover how these goggles were used at Rennes University Hospital. This follows the first remote diagnostic test performed in September 2021 during an emergency medical intervention in a connected ambulance. Thanks to the advanced features of the next generation network, these experiments are part of the 5G-TOURS European research project related to the European Horizon 2020 program.

Looking back on these promising advances in the quality and efficiency of patient care. The development of minimally invasive techniques in surgery requires the use of various imaging devices, such as acquisition and visualization equipment. These devices transmit large amounts of data and their use on wireless networks limits their use. However, the lack of telecommunication cables is a significant benefit to patients and the medical team in order to increase the efficiency of care: simply reconfiguring the unit for each operation and reducing the number of cables that hinder the gestures of the treating physician. which must be disinfected between two operations.

The research teams will demonstrate the contribution of 5G to improving the conditions for the implementation of these interventions. During an experiment on April 21 in the TherA-Image² room at Rennes University Hospital, a "phantom" patient underwent cardiac surgery by Professor Erwan Donal (cardiologist), who was remotely monitored from Athens by Dr. Alexandos Stefanidis. This operation has been facilitated by the stacking of ultrasound and X-rays transmitted on 5G at 26 GHz through an augmented reality application, allowing the medical care team to enjoy the convenience and efficiency of the intervention. The challenge of the experiment is to perfectly synchronize the images to increase the operational performance of the medical care. Delay in time risks the practitioner’s gesture causing a delay in space.


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