Not A Sci-Fi Movie, But A Reality At Swedish Medical Center

Not A Sci-Fi Movie, But A Reality At Swedish Medical Center
SEATTLE - It sounds like something out of the latest sci-fi movie: A talking computer that helps doctors do surgery.

But it's reality at Swedish Medical Center, in the form of a computer named "Sidne."

"Sidne. Sidne. Light source. Standby," says Dr. Ralph Aye. Sidne responds to Dr. Aye by saying, "standing by".

Together they're operating on a patient's lung.

"Sidne. Light source. Activate," says Dr. Aye. Sidne responds to him by saying "activated".

Dr. Aaye can tell Sidne to zoom-in on the camera that's inside this patient. He can tell it to zoom-out, take pictures, brighten the light on the camera and dim it.

"It has increased our capabilities with our procedures and that benefits the patients because they have smaller incisions and they recover more quickly and with the same quality of operation," says Dr. Aye.

Another benefit of Sidne is that it can help make the operating room a more relaxed environment.

"The surgeon and the staff are more comfortable and able to concentrate on the surgery and technology. They're also able to do a better job," he said.

Sidne can't perform an operation, but its camera and controls can help with chest, colon and gall bladder surgery and hysterectomies.

Also, its computer screens that hang from the ceiling, make it easier for the surgical staff to move around.

"It seemed like it was going to be a really neat toy," said Charge Nurse Tricia Goldsmith. "But it's way more than that."

It's part of their team.

Swedish Medical Center is the first in the Northwest to use Sidne. Doctors started using it about three weeks ago.

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