3D printing, robotic surgery and Google Glass are cutting edge technologies of the future. How do they affect our profession now and in the future? This is the question that is interesting to all of us. As physicians, we are end-users of these technologies. In just a few years 3D printing has become a huge sector of technology. Now there are many types of 3D printing techniques and new techniques are developed everyday.
The initial use of 3D printing was for the prototyping process in differenttechnological branches. Now it is used not only for prototyping but also for mass production of complex parts.
As physicians we can use these printers in different ways. We can design surgical tools and systems. We may use them to produce implants. We may use bio-printers to produce tissues and organs in the future. We can use them to design and simulate the before&afters. We can integrate them into our hobbies. In all of these printing procedures, we need an idea, a CAD data and a specific 3D printer.
As it is a computer-based production, a computer-assisted design tool that is CAD, is needed. From simple to complex parts can be designed and made with 3d printing. You can design a robotic system to use in your operations. Robotic holders that carry the video-endoscopy in addition to retraction responsibility. It can be used in different operations like microsurgery, rhinoplasty, augmentation mammoplasty and gluteal augmentation. Da Vinci is now the leader in robotic abdominal and cardio-thoracic surgery. It is a macro-mechanical system that needs to be finer to be used in aesthetic plastic surgery.
Google glass is a technology interesting for physician, as the matter of voice commanding solves many problems in the case of emergency and operating room execution. This technology aids in sharing information, documentation, hands-free execution. It is now in the shape of glass, and in the future there will be different modalities helping physicians to use hands-free commanding.
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