|Robotic surgery in space : a tool to improve critical health care on exploration missions?
|Michelle Noguez Ceron, Author
|ISU Individual Project
|Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France) : International Space University, 2018
|1 electronic resource (56 p.) / col. ill.
|Includes bibliographical references
|Robotic surgery systems have seen rapid development in recent years, and with space exploration class missions on the horizon, the question has been raised regarding the most effective way of providing surgical care on these long duration flights. This project examines robotic surgery technologies and their applications in space environments. Drawing upon prior research, interviews with experts in the fields of space surgery and robotic surgery, and hand-on experience with the da Vinci Surgical System, the goal of this project is to evaluate the maturity of current technologies, and to assess the feasibility and future of robotic surgery in space. Surgery in space was shown to be viable, however the current state of the art of robotic surgery was shown to be inferior to simply sending a surgeon into space, and robotic surgery is not likely to become fit for space applications in the foreseeable future.
|ISU program :
|Master of Space Studies
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