(RTÉ) – Scientists in the United States have developed an intelligent autonomous robot capable of carrying out basic surgical operations to a higher standard than human surgeons.

The researchers say the new technology has the potential to improve patient outcomes and access to surgery, as well as to reduce costs. However, they also say it is not designed to replace human surgeons.

Robot-assisted surgery has been in use for over a decade.

It involves surgeons manually controlling the robotic device, which means outcomes can vary depending on the skill and experience of the surgeon carrying out the operation.

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