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A. A Revolutionary Robotic and Technology Center

Narrator: This is Science Today. A revolutionary robotic and technology center is up and running at UCLA. It's called the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology, or CASIT, and it's one of the first of its kind in the nation. Dr. Carlos Gracia, chief of UCLA's Minimal Invasive Surgery, is co-director of CASIT.

Gracia: One of the thrusts is in working with minimally invasive surgery. It's clear since 1990 that minimum invasive surgery is really the road that everybody's taking. It's been very strong in general surgery - that's GI. It is now enjoying tremendous growth and popularity advances in neurology, it soon will be the same in vascular surgery.

Narrator: CASIT incorporates the use of robotics and imaging research and development to form the operating room of the future.

Gracia: Robots are going to be used in surgery for a variety of different functions. It has been evolved to date as a tool to enhance individual surgical performance because the robot lets you do more things than you can otherwise.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.