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ZAP! Surgery returns to Pittsburgh through January 2008


ZAP! Surgery returns to Pittsburgh through January 2008.

PITTSBURGH, PA,— Carnegie Science Center’s groundbreaking medical science exhibition, Zap! Surgery Beyond the Cutting Edge, returns to Pittsburgh on June 15 for a limited engagement. For the past six years this interactive, multi-media exhibit has toured the country, demonstrating at 11 science centers state-of-the-art surgical techniques used in the operating room. Zap! Surgery offers visitors the opportunity to explore the science behind lasers, endoscopes, ultrasound, cryosurgery and the Gamma Knife. “Zap! Surgery has received great visitor feedback from many locations where it has traveled,” said Joanna Haas, director of Carnegie Science Center. “This exhibition showcases a fascinating field of medical science and technology that we know is of wide public interest and in which this region is a world leader. We are excited to provide young people with a sense of the career opportunities right here in Pittsburgh.” Designed and built in 2000 by Carnegie Science Center in consultation with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and regional experts in medical technology, education and engineering, Zap! Surgery demonstrates how the power of electromagnetic waves, sound waves, and lasers are harnessed by modern medical technology to destroy tumors, break up kidney stones and correct vision. Zap! Surgery presents the basic science principles behind five surgical technologies and allows visitors to try these technologies in simulated surgeries and learn the tremendous impact they have had on the lives of real patients, doctors and scientists. The exhibit also features ZapCam, an exciting, immersive cabin simulator ride allowing visitors to witness the featured surgical techniques from various points inside the human body, and Zap Jr., designed for children 5-8, encourages the exploration of human anatomy and medical technologies. Between simulated surgeries, visitors can experience the science of creating a still-developing medical technology – robotic surgery. By programming a seven-foot high ABB Industrial robotic arm to shoot basketballs, visitors can appreciate the precision, repeatability, versatility and power required of a robotic system. Zap! Surgery will be on display in Carnegie Science Center from June 15 through January 2008, leading the way for the highly-successful “BODIES … The Exhibition”, opening in October 2007. Featuring approximately 15 polymer-preserved human bodies and 200 additional organs and partial specimens as never seen before, “BODIES … The Exhibition” provides visitors the opportunity to view the beauty and complexity of their own organs and systems. Carnegie Science Center brings the world of science alive for visitors of all ages. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center features more than 400 hands-on exhibits, three live demonstration theaters, a four-story IMAX® Dome theater, an interactive full-dome digital planetarium, a 36,000 square foot science-of sport exhibition, a Cold War submarine moored on Pittsburgh’s Ohio River, and a world-renowned model railroad display. Carnegie Science Center is located at One Allegheny Avenue on Pittsburgh’s North Shore next to Heinz Field. Visit or call 412.237.3400 for more information.


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