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Robot Surgeon

 Photo by Cynthia S. Ehlinger, Public Relations and Science Curatorial Assistant, Bruce Museum of Arts and Science. Shot with a Nikon D50, 1/60 sec., f/4, 19mm focal length, pattern metering, without flash. Photo and story courtesy of the Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, www.brucemuseum.org

Photo by Cynthia S. Ehlinger, Public Relations and Science Curatorial Assistant, Bruce Museum of Arts and Science. Shot with a Nikon D50, 1/60 sec., f/4, 19mm focal length, pattern metering, without flash. Photo and story courtesy of the Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, www.brucemuseum.org

Put into service in October 2006 at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut, the Da Vinci Surgical System is the first robotic surgical technology to be offered in a medical facility in Connecticut. “Mr. DaVinci,” as the robot is called at the hospital, includes four arms: two serve as the surgeon’s hands, one is for a miniature camera that projects pictures of the surgical area, and one moves obstructions such as tissue out of the way. Its applications include gastric bypass, heart, prostate cancer and thoracic surgeries, gynecology and general surgery. Surgeons operate the robot from a console with a viewfinder that provides a 3D picture of the body. The benefits of the minimally invasive surgery performed with Da Vinci include a reduction in patient trauma, blood loss, risk of infection, post-operative discomfort and scarring and a faster recovery. Here, Doris DuBail, RN, Clinical Resources Nurse, attaches a fine scissor instrument to the robotic Da Vinci R surgical system. The robot is produced by Intuitive Surgical, www.intuitivesurgical.com

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