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Test driving da Vinci

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 26th, 2013


Charis Prunty/Register


Inside HyVee’s Health Market on Monday, SDSU senior Brent Kramer tries out the da Vinci Si surgical system – the same model now owned by Brookings Health System. Brookings Health invited the community to test two versions of its new surgical technology all day Monday inside the grocery store.

In this photo, the screen over Kramer’s head shows what he is seeing in 3-D inside the viewing space. The physical work is being done on the table to his right, by the machine’s many arms. Using his fingers, Kramer manipulates those arms to do things like pick up a penny or stretch and move rubber bands.

Videographer Brett Bittner gets footage of Kramer’s attempts to operate da Vinci, while Brookings Health Operating Room Director Candy Johnson (center) talks with Executive Director Jason Merkley.














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