Robocath, a company that designs, develops and markets robotic solutions for treating cardiovascular diseases, said it performed a robotic coronary angioplasty from 1,700 miles (2,800 km) away. Two interventional cardiologists, Prof. Yundai Chen in Beijing and Prof. Yining Yang in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, performed the procedure using a 5G connection.
The cardiologists performed the procedure last July on a 59-year-old patient admitted to the People’s Hospital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in Urumqi. Thanks to the R-One – Robocath’s first commercial robotic platform – Prof. Yundai Chen was able to perform a complete coronary angioplasty, assisted by Prof. Yining Yang and his medical team, who were on site with the patient in the catheterization laboratory. Technical and verbal communication between the two operators was maintained throughout the procedure thanks to the stability and reliability of the 5G network, eliminating possible latency effects in the imaging and sound system.