An artificial intelligence system designed to make brain surgery safer for patients, less stressful for surgeons and save many thousands of pounds has been used by the NHS for the first time.
The system allows surgeons to rehearse a risky procedure in a 3D representation of a patient’s brain, which they view on a computer screen.
It is the first time an AI-enabled tool has been used like this for operations where tiny stents, or tubes, are inserted in blood vessels to treat life-threatening aneurysms.
The technology has been developed by Oxford Heartbeat, a British start-up, which believes thousands of patients a year could benefit.
The first virtual practice operation was carried out by Professor Tufail Patankar at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. “This will transform surgery,