System similar to a GPS tracking unit...helps with navigation during surgery for plotting incisions...students were 3 times more accurate in the study. Also if you are a reader of the blog here and would like additional information on hip surgeries, check out this link which will give you an animated description and explanation of how hip surgery works with a virtual tour...this has been referenced many times at the site so I thought it might be a good idea to revive the link...BD
"Our research proves that we can take untrained surgeons and make them an expert in a new technique rapidly. More importantly, we've also demonstrated that no patient has to be on an inexperienced surgeon's learning curve. This could significantly improve a patient's health and well being and ensure they do not have to undergo repeat operations."
Delegates at the British Society for Computer Aided Orthopaedic Surgery Conference will hear that results from a pilot study saw graduates 95 per cent more confident using this robotic technique than when using conventional surgical methods in training.
Professor Justin Cobb, Head of the Biosurgery and Surgical Technology Group at Imperial College London, conducted the trial on 32 undergraduate medical students at Imperial College London from December 2006 to December 2007. The pilot study tested whether planning before an operation, combined with the latest robotic navigation equipment could increase the success rates of students practising hip resurfacing arthroplasty procedures - a method for correcting painful hip bone deformities by coating the femoral head with a cast of chrome alloy.