Healthy Living

Jul 30, 2014 8:37 PM by KSBY Staff

Marian Regional Medical Center unveils new robot

Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria gets around 250 stroke patients every year and now has a new tool to help people.

Sheldon the robot is designed to communicate directly with stroke patients. With the robot, doctors can staff multiple hospitals at the same time.

Another robot, named Dexter, is also being used.

The robots are able to use evaluation tools that are standard around the U.S. for stroke diagnosis. Cat scans and x-rays are sent to the tele-neurologist.

"This allows for very good stroke care in a very timely manner around the clock," said Jason Close, Dignity Health Telemedicine Network.

Neuroscience experts are available through the network around the clock.

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