Multi-Disciplinary Innovations Today

3D Printing Innovations in Surgery
Dr. Michael Yam

3D printing has permeated healthcare over the last 10 years and has shown many benefits in both surgical planning, execution as well as education. These benefits include shorter operation times, less blood loss, decreased intraop xrays and better patient doctor communication and understanding.

Dr. Michael Yam will be speaking on what 3D printing can do for us in current clinical practice, as well as what could be in the future.

3D Planning for Mandibular Surgery
Dr. Tan Ngian Chye

Mandibular resection and reconstruction for oral cavity tumours can be complex and challenging. The mandible iscritical not only for functions like chewing and speech, but for facial form as well. 3D planning or CAD/CAM(computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing) can be utilised to assist in surgeries of the mandible.These preoperative planning techniques can help to ensure better functional and aesthetic outcome, and at thesame time reduce surgical time in the operating theatre.

AI in Gastroenterology
Dr. Desmond Wai

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly being applied in all walks of life, including medicine. AI has been well studied in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology, and many applications have been approved. 

Currently, the most commonly used AI application in gastroenterology is AI-assisted polyp detection in colonoscopy. AI helps increase adenoma detection rate which in turns leads to reduce risk of missed colon polyps. Missed colon polyps have been showed to be a key reason for development of interval colon cancer, ie, colon cancer that develops in patients who follow recommended screening colonoscopy guidelines.

But applying AI in medicine is met with many hurdles. 

In this presentation, I will discuss the hurdles and challenges in applying AI in gastroenterology, as well as describing various applications of AI In gastroenterology. 

Remote Access Thyroid Surgery
Dr. Harold Heah

Thyroid surgery had remained largely unchanged for decades but advances in
endoscopic and robotic technology in the field of surgery has allowed for more aesthetically-acceptable approaches to thyroid surgery.

We will discuss the various remote access surgical approaches to thyroid surgery, such as transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy, as well as other minimally-invasive thyroid nodule management options.

Panel Q&A
Moderated by Dr. Soon Sue Rene

Closing Address by ASM Chairman
Dr. Chou Ning