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Barcelona hospital first to use 5G technology for remote surgery

Clínic hospital project aims to allow surgeons around the world to cooperate during operations

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05 February 2019 06:52 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Barcelona's Clínic hospital has become the first in Spain to adopt 5G technology so that surgeons can carry out operations at a distance in real time.

The low latency of 5G communications networks means that operations can take place remotely without any delays.

The aim of the project is to connect surgeons from around the world without them needing to be present in the operating theater.

Presented on Tuesday, the 'Remote surgery' project will have to wait until 5G technology becomes widely available, which is scheduled from 2020.

Meanwhile, as part of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month, surgeons from the Clínic hospital will remotely carry out an operation that will be streamed on 5G.

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  • Image of the new operating room with 5G of Barcelona's Hospital Clínic (by Anna Amat Vendrell)

  • Image of the new operating room with 5G of Barcelona's Hospital Clínic (by Anna Amat Vendrell)

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