Virtual ablation: unlocking critical remote cancer treatment during COVID-19

Using Proximie, Professor Afshin Gangi, a globally-respected interventional radiologist from the University Hospital of Strasbourg, France, and president of The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE), virtually scrubbed-in from France to collaborate with a team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, including Consultant Interventional Radiologists Dr Shahzad Ilyas and Dr Athanasios Diamantopoulos, to ensure important cancer procedures could continue despite the emerging threat of the Omicron variant.

“It’s a great teaching tool and I really think this is the way to go; I’d love to get this software in Strasbourg.”

“It’s not exactly the same as someone being in the room with you, but I think it’s almost as good.”

He said: “I think Proximie has two big roles to play [in the future of surgery]; firstly for training and teaching, I think it will have a huge role in that. And secondly — as was the case in this procedure — when you’ve got complex cases, or you’re using new technologies, you want to be able to collaborate with world leaders who have the highest level of expertise available. This platform allows that level of remote collaboration, bringing people together to do these cases and share experiences.”



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