New robotic drill performs skull surgery 50 times faster
Researchers from the University of Utah have created an automated machine that can do a complicated cranial surgery 50 times faster than standard procedures. The team's approach reduces the surgery time from two hours with a hand drill to two-and-a-half minutes. This specific surgery detailed in the paper -- which was published Monday in the journal "Neurosurgical Focus" -- is typically used to remove noncancerous tumors in patients with significant hearing loss. But the researchers say it's a "proof of principle" to show the robot could perform complex procedures that require experience and skill.