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[2019/07/25] “Da Vinci” Comes to NYMU; Graduates Experience the Most Advanced Surgery System

The 'Da Vinci Robotic Arm”, which costs more than 100 million dollars, is a surprise visitor to NYMU during graduation week


The world’s most advanced minimally invasive surgery system, the Da Vinci robotic arm system, came to NYMU during graduation week. Students were able to get a taste of the 100 million dollar experience when NYMU was chosen to be the first stop among various campuses.


At the commencement ceremony on June 11th, President Guo remarked that at the foundation of NYMU, the first president, Han Wei, suggested to the government that Taiwan should combine medicine and engineering. In the light of this, NYMU established Taiwan’s first school of medical engineering. As medical engineering and artificial intelligence flourishes, NYMU has recently planned the development of a doctoral medical engineering course and a digital medical center. When the Da Vinci system entered the campus, students were able to experience how technology is bringing changes to medicine and is encouraging the development of medical engineering in Taiwan.


Division Chief Hsu, Department of Academia-Industry Collaboration and Science Park Affairs, the Ministry of Science and Technology , declared that National Yang-Ming University is an expert in digital medicine, and is well supported by the MOST Global Research & Industry Alliance (GLORIA),. Ministry of Science and Technology expects GLORIA to help develop academic research, human talent, and new techniques in order to improve the profitability of industry.


President Guo, General Manager of the Intuitive Company, and NYMU students/teachers at the opening ceremony


At the opening ceremony, Dr. Wang from the Tri-service General Hospital Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who has had five years of experience with Da Vinci, was invited to demonstrate the robotic arm. Wang remarked that Da Vinci can be divided into three parts: the imaging system, the robotic arm and the control console. The live performance involved using the fourth version of the simulator. There are 45 Da Vinci arms in Taiwan and they carry out around 8000 surgical operations in a year. This system is able to assist surgeons continue with their career and they no longer are limited in terms of surgery because their physical strength and dexterity has decreased due to age.


Wang, who has done more than 500 Da Vinci surgeries, demonstrated the precision and operational speed of the arm by writing Chinese characters as small as a five-dollar penny and by folding paper airplanes.


The event spanned four days and was open to all members of faculty and students. Around 150 participants paid a visit, showing how attractive the Da Vinci system and its technology are to interested individuals.



  Chinese characters written with the Da Vinci arm