New medical robot unveiled in Regina

Regina's new medical robot might not be as cute as R2D2, but it just might help save some lives.

$220K device can be hooked up to a stethoscope while doctor is at a different location

Meet PeTir, Regina's new medical robot. (Arielle Zerr/CBC)

Regina's new medical robot might not be as cute as R2D2, but it just might help save some lives.

A device known as PeTir was unveiled Thursday by the Hospitals of Regina Foundation.

The motorized unit has a video screen for a head, a speaker for a mouth and a high-def camera for eyes.

It allows doctors to practice "remote presence" medicine.

Even if she or he is hundreds of kilometres away from the patient, the doctor can steer PeTir to the bedside and get reports on vital signs such as heart rate and respiration.

It can connect to ultrasound scanners and stethoscopes to let medical professionals make a diagnosis, as well as decisions about care.  

It was made possible through to a $220,000 grant from Partner Technologies Inc.

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