Rationale of the Project

Telesurgery, another concept for minimal invasive surgery, represents a revolution in the way modern surgery is undertaken, taught and trained.

Telesurgery allows, through a technique involving a camera and specific instruments disposed between patient and surgeon, a reduction of access trauma, a lowering of the risks to the patient, a decrease of the length of hospital stay and of recovery, as well as the introduction of whole new diagnostical and therapeutical tools. Health policies in several countries have defined this approach as being a positive evolution in the reduction of health costs.

The picture the surgeon sees on his surgical monitor is his only link to the operating area, and this picture can be directly transmitted for other purposes.

The TESUS 1 project aims at using the to the technique inherent video for teaching and training purposes, as well as for co-operation between renowned surgical teams in defining << golden standards >> for the technique. Expertise gained by these teams in management of video as fundamental training tool in laparoscopic surgery and essential element of a surgical data base for all European surgeons will be a tremendous asset in maintaining European excellence in practice of this speciality, by the way originated in Europe.

Telecommunications operators and industrials will be in a position to gather data from daily applications of these systems by hard to satisfy video-transmission users, surgeons, for a closer definition of user-specific needs and networks for tomorrow. The-use of narrow band (NB) networks in this project is the first step in defining need for broadband (BB) networks and bridges NB-BB in these applications.

Knowledge of Sector and technologies to be used can be detailed as following:

  1. State of the Art (Video and Database)
  2. Multimedia development

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