Researchers in Japan are testing 5G communication technology to try and expand access to high quality healthcare by conducting an experiment that demonstrates the future potential of remote medicine.
Mobile carrier NTT Docomo and Tokyo Women’s Medical University teamed up for the test.
It involved a truck equipped with medical equipment and 5G capabilities. The scenario tested an inexperienced doctor examining a patient while a specialist gave advice remotely.
Superfine 4K images were sent to the specialist. Viewing ultra-high resolution video in real time requires fast processing of large amounts of data. The team said 5G handled it with little or no delay.
Professor Muragaki Yoshihiro at Tokyo Women’s Medical University said that in the future, people will have easy access to a mix of experts from around the world to help fight illness.
The professor said the technology could also be used to cope with a shortage of doctors in the country.