Robotic Arm Cares for Hearts at Travis

Officials with the David Grant Medical Center at Travis AFB, Calif., this week opened the Heart, Lung, and Vascular Center, setting a new standard for specialized care for Northern California veterans. The Reporter, a Vacaville, Calif., newspaper, reported that the new center features a compact 3-dimensional imagining system that replicates the imagine quality of CT scanning. However, the former uses a robot arm instead of a body-engulfing doughnut, allowing the patient to remain on the operating table during the imaging. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” stated Col. Brian Hayes, 60th Medical Group commander, when introducing the facility’s sophisticated cardiovascular operation room, according to the newspaper.