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Robot surgery. Surgeon (lower left) performing minimally invasive surgery (MIS) on a patient's heart using da Vinci, a remotely-controlled robot surgeon (upper right). The surgeon views a three- dimensional image of the operation site in the black box at left. The robot arms are controlled using instruments under the box. The da Vinci system allows intricate control of surgical tools through an incision just 1cm wide, with greater precision than manual MIS procedures. Da Vinci was designed by Intuitive Surgical Incorporated from California, USA.
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