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Oct. 6: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's Biomedical Engineers Get To Test New Surgical Robotic Systems

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Media Advisory:
Carnegie Mellon's Biomedical Engineers
Get To Test New Surgical Robotic Systems

Event: Students from Carnegie Mellon University's new class, dubbed "Surgery for Engineers," will get some hands-on experience with a new futuristic robot named "da Vinci." The da Vinci surgical system, created by California-based Intuitive Surgical, is a robot with four arms. Three of them hold tools, such as a scalpel or scissors, and the fourth arm is for a camera with two lenses that gives surgeons a 3D image of the medical procedure.  

Neurosurgeon James Burgess of Allegheny General Hospital, who developed the new Carnegie Mellon biomedical engineering course, said students will get to see how technology is helping surgeons go through smaller holes, cause less damage and allow the patient to leave the hospital quicker.

Students from the Providence Heights Alpha Elementary School in North Hills also will be attending the robot demonstration.  

When: 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Where: Scaife Hall lobby, off Frew Street, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213.

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