First it was da Vinci. Now Mona Lisa has arrived at Royal Adelaide. The Mona Lisa robot takes prostate biopsies through only two needle punctures.

First it was da Vinci. Now Mona Lisa has arrived in ­Adelaide.

The Mona Lisa robot takes prostate biopsies through two needle punctures in the delicate perineal area between the scrotum and the anus.

Numerous samples can be extracted from the same two puncture holes, whereas previous methods required 24 to 40 needle punctures or a probe inserted through the rectum.

The $300,000 machine fuses MRI and ultrasound information for accuracy to within 1mm. It is overseen by surgeons watching 3D images.

The Royal Adelaide Hospital is the only hospital in South Australia trialling the machine to see if it provides more accurate diagnosis of prostate cancer in a less invasive procedure.

It follows the success of the da Vinci machine — a robot to remove cancerous prostates. Read more …

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