If you were a patient, would you accept a robotic-assisted procedure? With this question Professors Jacques Moret and Laurent Spelle begin a special Masterclass dedicated to the frontier of interventional neuroradiology procedures – the use of robotics. With an international panel including experts experienced in the field, this Masterclass is illustrated by recorded live cases performed by Vitor Mendes Pereira using the CorPath Robotic System.
How do we convince a patient to allow a robotic system to be used? What would be the best patient to choose, and which specific cases have the potential of offering the best results?
How do we design randomized studies to test robotics? Should we begin with a non-inferiority trial? A safety study?
What outcomes and endpoints do we wish to attain? Aneurysm occlusion? Radiation time?
What are the best metrics to consider? Are there any studies ongoing today?
As the cases unfold, learn what differentiates the robotic approach from current practice:
What are the current limitations for the use of robotics?
What currently stands in the way of robotic use in remote locations?
What are the ethical questions involved?
Can robotics be seen as a training tool?
Medicine, as Prof Moret says, is a “technical act and an inseparable human relationship”. What happens if we separate them?