Robotic surgery makes Dr Giulianotti think about art
by Joyce Lee
CHICAGO, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Dr. Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti has completed more than 1,000 successful major procedures without laying a finger on a patient. Using hand controllers, foot pedals, and 3-D visualization, he performs complex surgeries sitting just a few meters away from the operating table.
It happens that the sophisticated surgical system, consisting of three to four robotic arms and a remote console, is nicknamed after one of the Italian surgeon's most famous hometown visionaries -- Leonardo da Vinci.
"At the beginning, even I did not understand the revolution behind robotics because I was appreciating only the aspects of mechanical improvements," said Dr. Giulianotti, chief of the Division of General, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at the University of Illinois-Chicago. "But actually, in robotics there is a charming revolution I can summarize paradoxically: You are modifying reality using virtuality. You are using a virtual environment to interact with reality; the only limit is your mind. "
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