da Vinci Surgery system

Wow, great advance in technology.

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Someone close to my family passed away this summer of cancer. In lieu of flowers her family asked for donations to help fund a new da Vinci Surgery robot for the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. Being me, I wanted to know what made this robot special.

The da Vinci Surgery system features a 3D-High Definition visual system that can magnify an image up to 10 times, giving surgeons a much clearer view of the area they are working in. It also has fine instruments that are directly controlled by the surgeon, they mimic human wrist movements, but are significantly more precise. They can even minimize the minor hand tremors that a surgeon may have (think image stabilization on a camera).

The benefits of these two features are significant. The cuts made using this system are much smaller than would be done with traditional surgical options, which can lead to…

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