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3D imaging and robotics device could transform surgery inside the womb

9 June 2014


Performing surgery on foetuses while still in the womb is a risky business. Although pioneering work in this field began in the 1980s, it remains very challenging, with only a few highly trained teams scattered around the world treating a handful of conditions. But new technology could transform the treatment of congenital problems in the womb, says Professor Sebastien Ourselin and Dr Tom Vercauteren (UCL Medical Physics and Bioengineering) in The Conversation.