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Medical robot succeeds in removing brain tumor.

In Brief: Shinshu University professors announced that they successfully removed brain tumors from a patient by using a medical robot developed by Hitachi. It was believed to be the first surgery of its kind in the world.

Surgeons only needed to make a one centimeter diameter hole in the skull in order for the robot to remove the tumors, a Hitachi official said. In order to remove brain tumors, surgeons normally have to make a cut of at least several centimeters, he said.

*** COMMENTARY: The robot was developed by Hitachi and other partners as part of a project supported by a semi-governmental body. Medical robots have been used in a few abdominal surgeries, but this was the first brain surgery using a robot, Hitachi claims. Hitachi hopes to put these robots on the market within two or three years.
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Date:Dec 1, 2002
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