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Health Check: New robotic diagnostic system for cancer patients

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Women & Infants Hospital has been using the da Vinci robotic surgery system for about three years to perform minimally invasive surgeries.

But now surgeons are using a new application that allows them to see what they haven't seen before. It's called the Firefly system.

The system injects fluorescent dye to illuminate key blood vessels.

Dr. Richard Moore, who works at Women & Infants, recently used the system to remove a cancerous tumor in the pelvic area of a patient.

He said doctors have never had a technique before to be able to identify specific lymph nodes in patients with cervical and endometrial cancer.

The Firefly system is a great step in medical technology because doctors can know for sure, without removing all the lymph nodes in the pelvic area, if the cancer has spread or not and treat accordingly.

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