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Surgery will be transformed over the next two decades. One of the groups most likely to make the greatest impact is..
IMAGING, VR AND AR
Imaging technology is key to the delivery of less invasive interventions, allowing the visualisation of internal structures and organs with reduced impact on the patient. In the next few years, advances in imaging technology will deliver better guidance during a surgical procedure and improve accuracy.
Better imaging is also likely to improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis. If the direction of travel is one where imaging becomes better able to capture increasingly smaller structures and their functioning inside the body, surgery might move towards interventions at the micro level, such as the cellular level.