A surgical team at Hospital Clinic Barcelona in Spain excised a tumor from a patient's colon under the remote direction of a surgeon three miles away via a 5G-enabled live video link from Mobile World Congress 2019.
According to the hospital, the procedure marked the first time doctors had used a 5G connection to communicate during surgery.
Dr. Antonio Maria de Lacy said a super-fast 5G connection was the only option for providing the team real-time assistance.
The technology of 5G can support a 100-fold speed upgrade over 4G, potentially enabling mobile networks to power driverless cars, virtual reality, smart cities, and networked robots.
The 5G technology virtually eliminated latency between devices and servers, so the surgeon could draw instructions on-screen in real time.
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