meet r2d2 in scrubs
a robot joined doctors and nurses in the operating room at new york-presbyterian hospital yesterday to deliver the surgical tools of the trade.
known as penelope surgical instrument server, the robot operates as a surgical nurse.
penelope is able to hand over surgical instruments on command, and then return the devices to their original place once a surgeon has finished with them.
"i was pleasantly surprised by how efficient and reliable she was," said dr. spencer amory, director of surgery at the hospital, shortly after penelope assisted him in a routine operation yesterday.
the procedure, the first penelope has participated in, involved removing a benign tumor from a bronx woman's forearm. equipped with voice recognition software, a robotic gripper and digital cameras, penelope delicately handed over such instruments as scissors and clamps a total of 37 times.
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[new york daily news,ny]