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Thoracic surgery goes wireless

Our readers get the first glimpse of Dr. Chen’s newest device.  The wireless endoscope is currently undergoing animal trials at MacKay Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan.

wireless thoracoscope with disposable front portion. (Battery and microchips are re-usable

wireless thoracoscope with disposable front portion. (Battery and microchips are re-usable)

The battery operated devices are more flexible and portable for ease of use, in and out of the operating room.  Disposable shafts attach to reusable battery units, eliminating tangled cords, and concerns about the sterility of the thoracoscopic set up.

wireless thoracoscope (photos courtesy of Dr. Chen)

wireless thoracoscope (photos courtesy of Dr. Chen)

Dr. Chih Hao “Roy” Chen

Dr. Roy Chen has been a previous contributor to Thoracics.org, and developed the Chen esophagectomy.  He currently practices at MacKay Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan.

Changing the future of thoracic surgery - Minimally invasive surgery conference in Asia with Dr. Chin Hao Chen (seond from left) and Dr Diego Gonzalez Rivas (thrid from left)

Changing the future of thoracic surgery – Minimally invasive surgery conference in Asia with Dr. Chih Hao Chen (second from left) and Dr Diego Gonzalez Rivas (third from left)

Source articles:

Thoracic Surgery goes wireless.  Examiner.com, May 31, 2015.

Chih-Hao Chen, Ho Chang, Tsang-Pai Liu, Tun-Sung Huang, Chao-Hung Chen (2015). Application of wireless electrical non-fiberoptic endoscope: Potential benefit and limitation in endoscopic surgery.   International Journal of Surgery, vol. 19 (July 2015).

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About K Eckland

World of Thoracic Surgery is a blog about the work, research, and practices of thoracic surgeons around the world. It includes case studies, [sometimes] dry research, interviews with thoracic surgeons along with patient perspectives, and feedback.

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