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Arthropod Structure & Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Arthropods     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Artificial DNA: PNA & XNA     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
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Asian Journal of Cell Biology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
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Asian Journal of Medical and Biological Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Asian Journal of Nematology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Asian Journal of Poultry Science     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Atti della Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti - Classe di Scienze Medico-Biologiche     Open Access  
Australian Life Scientist     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Australian Mammalogy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Autophagy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
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Bacteriophage     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics     Open Access  
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Bangladesh Journal of Scientific Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Batman Üniversitesi Yaşam Bilimleri Dergisi     Open Access  
Berita Biologi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Between the Species     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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BIO Web of Conferences     Open Access  
BIO-Complexity     Open Access  
Bio-Grafía. Escritos sobre la Biología y su enseñanza     Open Access  
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Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Journal Prestige (SJR): 1.042
Citation Impact (citeScore): 3
Number of Followers: 18  
 
  Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
ISSN (Print) 1573-9686 - ISSN (Online) 0090-6964
Published by Springer-Verlag Homepage  [2350 journals]
  • Towards Alternative Approaches for Coupling of a Soft Robotic Sleeve to
           the Heart
    • Abstract: Abstract Efficient coupling of soft robotic cardiac assist devices to the external surface of the heart is crucial to augment cardiac function and represents a hurdle to translation of this technology. In this work, we compare various fixation strategies for local and global coupling of a direct cardiac compression sleeve to the heart. For basal fixation, we find that a sutured Velcro band adheres the strongest to the epicardium. Next, we demonstrate that a mesh-based sleeve coupled to the myocardium improves function in an acute porcine heart failure model. Then, we analyze the biological integration of global interface material candidates (medical mesh and silicone) in a healthy and infarcted murine model and show that a mesh interface yields superior mechanical coupling via pull-off force, histology, and microcomputed tomography. These results can inform the design of a therapeutic approach where a mesh-based soft robotic DCC is implanted, allowed to biologically integrate with the epicardium, and actuated for active assistance at a later timepoint. This strategy may result in more efficient coupling of extracardiac sleeves to heart tissue, and lead to increased augmentation of heart function in end-stage heart failure patients.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • Toward Semi-autonomous Cryoablation of Kidney Tumors via Model-Independent
           Deformable Tissue Manipulation Technique
    • Abstract: Abstract We present a novel semi-autonomous clinician-in-the-loop strategy to perform the laparoscopic cryoablation of small kidney tumors. To this end, we introduce a model-independent bimanual tissue manipulation technique. In this method, instead of controlling the robot, which inserts and steers the needle in the deformable tissue (DT), the cryoprobe is introduced to the tissue after accurate manipulation of a target point on the DT to the desired predefined insertion location of the probe. This technique can potentially reduce the risk of kidney fracture, which occurs due to the incorrect insertion of the probe within the kidney. The main challenge of this technique, however, is the unknown deformation behavior of the tissue during its manipulation. To tackle this issue, we proposed a novel real-time deformation estimation method and a vision-based optimization framework, which do not require prior knowledge about the tissue deformation and the intrinsic/extrinsic parameters of the vision system. To evaluate the performance of the proposed method using the da Vinci Research Kit, we performed experiments on a deformable phantom and an ex vivo lamb kidney and evaluated our method using novel manipulability measures. Experiments demonstrated successful real-time estimation of the deformation behavior of these DTs while manipulating them to the desired insertion location(s).
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • Neuromonitoring During Robotic Cochlear Implantation: Initial Clinical
           Experience
    • Abstract: Abstract During robotic cochlear implantation a drill trajectory often passes at submillimeter distances from the facial nerve due to close lying critical anatomy of the temporal bone. Additional intraoperative safety mechanisms are thus required to ensure preservation of this vital structure in case of unexpected navigation system error. Electromyography based nerve monitoring is widely used to aid surgeons in localizing vital nerve structures at risk of injury during surgery. However, state of the art neuromonitoring systems, are unable to discriminate facial nerve proximity within submillimeter ranges. Previous work demonstrated the feasibility of utilizing combinations of monopolar and bipolar stimulation threshold measurements to discretize facial nerve proximity with greater sensitivity and specificity, enabling discrimination between safe (> 0.4 mm) and unsafe (< 0.1 mm) trajectories during robotic cochlear implantation (in vivo animal model). Herein, initial clinical validation of the determined stimulation protocol and nerve proximity analysis integrated into an image guided system for safety measurement is presented. Stimulation thresholds and corresponding nerve proximity values previously determined from an animal model have been validated in a first-in-man clinical trial of robotic cochlear implantation. Measurements performed automatically at preoperatively defined distances from the facial nerve were used to determine safety of the drill trajectory intraoperatively. The presented system and automated analysis correctly determined sufficient safety distance margins (> 0.4 mm) to the facial nerve in all cases.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • In-Human Robot-Assisted Retinal Vein Cannulation, A World First
    • Abstract: Abstract Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO) is a blinding disease caused by one or more occluded retinal veins. Current treatment methods only focus on symptom mitigation rather than targeting a solution for the root cause of the disorder. Retinal vein cannulation is an experimental eye surgical procedure which could potentially cure RVO. Its goal is to dissolve the occlusion by injecting an anticoagulant directly into the blocked vein. Given the scale and the fragility of retinal veins on one end and surgeons’ limited positioning precision on the other, performing this procedure manually is considered to be too risky. The authors have been developing robotic devices and instruments to assist surgeons in performing this therapy in a safe and successful manner. This work reports on the clinical translation of the technology, resulting in the world-first in-human robot-assisted retinal vein cannulation. Four RVO patients have been treated with the technology in the context of a phase I clinical trial. The results show that it is technically feasible to safely inject an anticoagulant into a \(100\,{\mu} {\rm m}\) -thick retinal vein of an RVO patient for a period of 10 min with the aid of the presented robotic technology and instrumentation.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • Toward a Flexible Variable Stiffness Endoport for Single-Site Partial
           Nephrectomy
    • Abstract: Abstract Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy for localized renal tumors is an upcoming standard minimally invasive surgical procedure. However, a single-site laparoscopic approach would be even more preferable in terms of invasiveness. While the manual approach offers rigid curved tools, robotic single-site systems provide high degrees of freedom manipulators. However, they either provide only a straight deployment port, lack of instrument integration, or cannot be reconfigured. Therefore, the current main shortcomings of single-site surgery approaches include limited tool dexterity, visualization, and intuitive use by the surgeons. For partial nephrectomy in particular, the accessibility of the tumors remains limited and requires invasive kidney mobilization (separation of the kidney from the surrounding tissue), resulting in patient stress and prolonged surgery. We address these limitations by introducing a flexible, robotic, variable stiffness port with several working channels, which consists of a two-segment tendon-driven continuum robot with integrated granular and layer jamming for stabilizing the pose and shape. We investigate biocompatible granules for granular jamming and demonstrate the stiffening capabilities in terms of pose and shape accuracy with experimental evaluations. Additionally, we conduct in vitro experiments on a phantom and prove that the visualization of tumors at various sites is increased up to 38% in comparison to straight endoscopes.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • Adjoint Transformation Algorithm for Hand–Eye Calibration with
           Applications in Robotic Assisted Surgery
    • Abstract: Abstract Hand–eye calibration aims at determining the unknown rigid transformation between the coordinate systems of a robot arm and a camera. Existing hand–eye algorithms using closed-form solutions followed by iterative non-linear refinement provide accurate calibration results within a broad range of robotic applications. However, in the context of surgical robotics hand–eye calibration is still a challenging problem due to the required accuracy within the millimetre range, coupled with a large displacement between endoscopic cameras and the robot end-effector. This paper presents a new method for hand–eye calibration based on the adjoint transformation of twist motions that solves the problem iteratively through alternating estimations of rotation and translation. We show that this approach converges to a solution with a higher accuracy than closed form initializations within a broad range of synthetic and real experiments. We also propose a stereo hand–eye formulation that can be used in the context of both our proposed method and previous state-of-the-art closed form solutions. Experiments with real data are conducted with a stereo laparoscope, the KUKA robot arm manipulator, and the da Vinci surgical robot, showing that both our new alternating solution and the explicit representation of stereo camera hand–eye relations contribute to a higher calibration accuracy.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • A Skull-Mounted Robot with a Compact and Lightweight Parallel Mechanism
           for Positioning in Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery
    • Abstract: Abstract Robotic systems play an increasingly important role in improving feasibility and effectiveness of minimally invasive neurosurgery (MIN). However, large footprint, bulky size, and complex mechanisms limit the clinical application of existing robotic neurosurgery solutions. This paper proposes a novel skull-mounted robot with a compact and lightweight parallel mechanism for positioning of surgical tools in MIN. The system serves as a mechanical guide for automatic positioning of needles, catheters, probes, or electrodes. A parallel mechanism with 4 degrees of freedom (DOFs) is adopted, with the aim of providing sufficient accuracy and load capacity. The volume of the robot is only 50 mm × 50 mm × 40 mm and the weight is 73 g. The miniature design allows the robot to be mounted on the skull easily without consuming space in the operating room while avoiding the patient’s immobilization, simplifying the registration operation, and increasing patient comfort and tolerability. The mechanical design, kinematics and workspace are analyzed and described in detail. Three experiments on the prototype are conducted to test the stiffness, accuracy and performance. Results show that the deflection is less than 0.1 mm for holding common surgical tools and the tracking errors are less than 1.2 mm and 1.9° which is acceptable for MIN. The robot can be easily and firmly mounted on the skull model and cadaver head, and flexibly manipulated on the skull model.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • Robot-Assisted Fracture Surgery: Surgical Requirements and System Design
    • Abstract: Abstract The design of medical devices is a complex and crucial process to ensure patient safety. It has been shown that improperly designed devices lead to errors and associated accidents and costs. A key element for a successful design is incorporating the views of the primary and secondary stakeholders early in the development process. They provide insights into current practice and point out specific issues with the current processes and equipment in use. This work presents how information from a user-study conducted in the early stages of the RAFS (Robot Assisted Fracture Surgery) project informed the subsequent development and testing of the system. The user needs were captured using qualitative methods and converted to operational, functional, and non-functional requirements based on the methods derived from product design and development. This work presents how the requirements inform a new workflow for intra-articular joint fracture reduction using a robotic system. It is also shown how the various elements of the system are developed to explicitly address one or more of the requirements identified, and how intermediate verification tests are conducted to ensure conformity. Finally, a validation test in the form of a cadaveric trial confirms the ability of the designed system to satisfy the aims set by the original research question and the needs of the users.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • A New Venous Entry Detection Method Based on Electrical Bio-impedance
           Sensing
    • Abstract: Abstract Peripheral intravenous catheterization (PIVC) is frequently required for various medical treatments. Over 1 billion PIVC operations are performed per year in the United States alone. However, this operation is characterized by a very low success rate, especially amongst pediatric patients. Statistics show that only 53% of first PIVC attempts are successful in pediatric patients. Since their veins are small and readily rupture, multiple attempts are commonly required before successfully inserting the catheter into the vein. This article presents and evaluates a novel venous entry detection method based on measuring the electrical bio-impedance of the contacting tissue at the tip of a concentric electrode needle (CEN). This detection method is then implemented in the design of a clinical device called smart venous entry indicator (SVEI), which lights up a LED to indicate the venous entry when the measured value is within the range of blood. To verify this detection method, two experiments are conducted. In the first experiment, we measured the bio-impedance during the insertion of a CEN into a rat’s tail vein with different excitation frequencies. Then three classifiers are tested to discriminate blood from surrounding tissues. The experimental results indicate that with 100 kHz excitation frequency the blood bio-impedance can be identified with accuracy nearly 100%, demonstrating the feasibility and reliability of the proposed method for venous entry detection. The second experiment aims to assess the impact of SVEI on PIVC performance. Ten naive subjects were invited to catheterize a realistic baby arm phantom. The subjects are equally divided into two groups, where one group does PIVC with SVEI and the other group uses an ordinary IV catheter. The results show that subjects using SVEI can achieve much higher success rates (86%) than those performing PIVC in a conventional way (12%). Also, all subjects assisted by SVEI succeeded in their first trials while no one succeed in their first attempt using the conventional unassisted system. These results demonstrate the proposed detection method has great potential to improve pediatric PIVC performance, especially for non-expert clinicians. This supports further investment towards clinical validation of the technology.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • Toward Improving Safety in Neurosurgery with an Active Handheld Instrument
    • Abstract: Abstract Microsurgical procedures, such as petroclival meningioma resection, require careful surgical actions in order to remove tumor tissue, while avoiding brain and vessel damaging. Such procedures are currently performed under microscope magnification. Robotic tools are emerging in order to filter surgeons’ unintended movements and prevent tools from entering forbidden regions such as vascular structures. The present work investigates the use of a handheld robotic tool (Micron) to automate vessel avoidance in microsurgery. In particular, we focused on vessel segmentation, implementing a deep-learning-based segmentation strategy in microscopy images, and its integration with a feature-based passive 3D reconstruction algorithm to obtain accurate and robust vessel position. We then implemented a virtual-fixture-based strategy to control the handheld robotic tool and perform vessel avoidance. Clay vascular phantoms, lying on a background obtained from microscopy images recorded during petroclival meningioma surgery, were used for testing the segmentation and control algorithms. When testing the segmentation algorithm on 100 different phantom images, a median Dice similarity coefficient equal to 0.96 was achieved. A set of 25 Micron trials of 80 s in duration, each involving the interaction of Micron with a different vascular phantom, were recorded, with a safety distance equal to 2 mm, which was comparable to the median vessel diameter. Micron’s tip entered the forbidden region 24% of the time when the control algorithm was active. However, the median penetration depth was 16.9 μm, which was two orders of magnitude lower than median vessel diameter. Results suggest the system can assist surgeons in performing safe vessel avoidance during neurosurgical procedures.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • Robotic Surgery Improves Technical Performance and Enhances Prefrontal
           Activation During High Temporal Demand
    • Abstract: Abstract Robotic surgery may improve technical performance and reduce mental demands compared to laparoscopic surgery. However, no studies have directly compared the impact of robotic and laparoscopic techniques on surgeons’ brain function. This study aimed to assess the effect of the operative platform (robotic surgery or conventional laparoscopy) on prefrontal cortical activation during a suturing task performed under temporal demand. Eight surgeons (mean age ± SD = 34.5 ± 2.9 years, male:female ratio = 7:1) performed an intracorporeal suturing task in a self-paced manner and under a 2 min time restriction using conventional laparoscopic and robotic techniques. Prefrontal activation was assessed using near-infrared spectroscopy, subjective workload was captured using SURG-TLX questionnaires, and a continuous heart rate monitor measured systemic stress responses. Task progression scores (au), error scores (au), leak volumes (mL) and knot tensile strengths (N) provided objective assessment of technical performance. Under time pressure, robotic suturing led to improved technical performance (median task progression score: laparoscopic suturing = 4.5 vs. robotic suturing = 5.0; z = − 2.107, p = 0.035; median error score: laparoscopic suturing = 3.0 mm vs. robotic suturing = 2.1 mm; z = − 2.488, p = 0.013). Compared to laparoscopic suturing, greater prefrontal activation was identified in seven channels located primarily in lateral prefrontal regions. These results suggest that robotic surgery improves performance during high workload conditions and is associated with enhanced activation in regions of attention, concentration and task engagement.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • Stormram 4: An MR Safe Robotic System for Breast Biopsy
    • Abstract: Abstract Suspicious lesions in the breast that are only visible on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) need to be biopsied under MR guidance with high accuracy and efficiency for accurate diagnosis. The aim of this study is to present a novel robotic system, the Stormram 4, and to perform preclinical tests in an MRI environment. Excluding racks and needle, its dimensions are 72 × 51 × 40 mm. The Stormram 4 is driven by two linear and two curved pneumatic stepper motors. The linear motor is capable of exerting 63 N of force at a pressure of 0.65 MPa. In an MRI environment the maximum observed stepping frequency is 30 Hz (unloaded), or 8 Hz when full force is needed. The Stormram 4’s mean positioning error is 0.73 ± 0.47 mm in free air, and 1.29 ± 0.59 mm when targeting breast phantoms in MRI. Excluding the off-the-shelf needle, the robot is inherently MR safe. The robot is able to accurately target lesions under MRI guidance, reducing tissue damage and risk of false negatives. These results are promising for clinical experiments, improving the quality of healthcare in the field of MRI-guided breast biopsies.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • Closed-Loop Active Compensation for Needle Deflection and Target Shift
           During Cooperatively Controlled Robotic Needle Insertion
    • Abstract: Abstract Intra-operative imaging is sometimes available to assist needle biopsy, but typical open-loop insertion does not account for unmodeled needle deflection or target shift. Closed-loop image-guided compensation for deviation from an initial straight-line trajectory through rotational control of an asymmetric tip can reduce targeting error. Incorporating robotic closed-loop control often reduces physician interaction with the patient, but by pairing closed-loop trajectory compensation with hands-on cooperatively controlled insertion, a physician’s control of the procedure can be maintained while incorporating benefits of robotic accuracy. A series of needle insertions were performed with a typical 18G needle using closed-loop active compensation under both fully autonomous and user-directed cooperative control. We demonstrated equivalent improvement in accuracy while maintaining physician-in-the-loop control with no statistically significant difference (p > 0.05) in the targeting accuracy between any pair of autonomous or individual cooperative sets, with average targeting accuracy of 3.56 mmrms. With cooperatively controlled insertions and target shift between 1 and 10 mm introduced upon needle contact, the system was able to effectively compensate up to the point where error approached a maximum curvature governed by bending mechanics. These results show closed-loop active compensation can enhance targeting accuracy, and that the improvement can be maintained under user directed cooperative insertion.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • MRI Robots for Needle-Based Interventions: Systems and Technology
    • Abstract: Abstract Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides high-quality soft-tissue images of anatomical structures and radiation free imaging. The research community has focused on establishing new workflows, developing new technology, and creating robotic devices to change an MRI room from a solely diagnostic room to an interventional suite, where diagnosis and intervention can both be done in the same room. Closed bore MRI scanners provide limited access for interventional procedures using intraoperative imaging. MRI robots could improve access and procedure accuracy. Different research groups have focused on different technology aspects and anatomical structures. This paper presents the results of a systematic search of MRI robots for needle-based interventions. We report the most recent advances in the field, present relevant technologies, and discuss possible future advances. This survey shows that robotic-assisted MRI-guided prostate biopsy has received the most interest from the research community to date. Multiple successful clinical experiments have been reported in recent years that show great promise. However, in general the field of MRI robotic systems is still in the early stage. The continued development of these systems, along with partnerships with commercial vendors to bring this technology to market, is encouraged to create new and improved treatment opportunities for future patients.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • Developments and Control of Biocompatible Conducting Polymer for
           Intracorporeal Continuum Robots
    • Abstract: Abstract Dexterity of robots is highly required when it comes to integration for medical applications. Major efforts have been conducted to increase the dexterity at the distal parts of medical robots. This paper reports on developments toward integrating biocompatible conducting polymers (CP) into inherently dexterous concentric tube robot paradigm. In the form of tri-layer thin structures, CP micro-actuators produce high strains while requiring less than 1 V for actuation. Fabrication, characterization, and first integrations of such micro-actuators are presented. The integration is validated in a preliminary telescopic soft robot prototype with qualitative and quantitative performance assessment of accurate position control for trajectory tracking scenarios. Further, CP micro-actuators are integrated to a laser steering system in a closed-loop control scheme with displacements up to 5 mm. Our first developments aim toward intracorporeal medical robotics, with miniaturized actuators to be embedded into continuum robots.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • The i 2 Snake Robotic Platform for Endoscopic Surgery
    • Abstract: Abstract Endoscopic procedures have transformed minimally invasive surgery as they allow the examination and intervention on a patient’s anatomy through natural orifices, without the need for external incisions. However, the complexity of anatomical pathways and the limited dexterity of existing instruments, limit such procedures mainly to diagnosis and biopsies. This paper proposes a new robotic platform: the Intuitive imaging sensing navigated and kinematically enhanced ( \(i^{2}Snake\) ) robot that aims to improve the field of endoscopic surgery. The proposed robotic platform includes a snake-like robotic endoscope equipped with a camera, a light-source and two robotic instruments, supported with a robotic arm for global positioning and for insertion of the \(i^{2}Snake,\) and a master interface for master–slave teleoperation. The proposed robotic platform design focuses on ergonomics and intuitive control. The control workflow was first validated in simulation and then implemented on the robotic platform. The results are consistent with the simulation and show the clear clinical potential of the system. Limitations such as tendon backlash and elongation over time will be further investigated by means of combined hardware and software solutions. In conclusion, the proposed system contributes to the field of endoscopic surgical robots and could allow to perform more complex endoscopic surgical procedures while reducing patient trauma and recovery time.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • Design, Modelling and Teleoperation of a 2 mm Diameter Compliant
           Instrument for the da Vinci Platform
    • Abstract: Abstract This work explores the feasibility of creating and accurately controlling an instrument for robotic surgery with a 2 mm diameter and a three degree-of-freedom (DoF) wrist which is compatible with the da Vinci platform. The instrument’s wrist is composed of a two DoF bending notched-nitinol tube pattern, for which a kinematic model has been developed. A base mechanism for controlling the wrist is designed for integration with the da Vinci Research Kit. A basic teleoperation task is successfully performed using two of the miniature instruments. The performance and accuracy of the instrument suggest that creating and accurately controlling a 2 mm diameter instrument is feasible and the design and modelling proposed in this work provide a basis for future miniature instrument development.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • Augmented Reality Based Navigation for Computer Assisted Hip Resurfacing:
           A Proof of Concept Study
    • Abstract: Abstract Implantation accuracy has a great impact on the outcomes of hip resurfacing such as recovery of hip function. Computer assisted orthopedic surgery has demonstrated clear advantages for the patients, with improved placement accuracy and fewer outliers, but the intrusiveness, cost, and added complexity have limited its widespread adoption. To provide seamless computer assistance with improved immersion and a more natural surgical workflow, we propose an augmented-reality (AR) based navigation system for hip resurfacing. The operative femur is registered by processing depth information from the surgical site with a commercial depth camera. By coupling depth data with robotic assistance, obstacles that may obstruct the femur can be tracked and avoided automatically to reduce the chance of disruption to the surgical workflow. Using the registration result and the pre-operative plan, intra-operative surgical guidance is provided through a commercial AR headset so that the user can perform the operation without additional physical guides. To assess the accuracy of the navigation system, experiments of guide hole drilling were performed on femur phantoms. The position and orientation of the drilled holes were compared with the pre-operative plan, and the mean errors were found to be approximately 2 mm and 2°, results which are in line with commercial computer assisted orthopedic systems today.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • Toward the Design of Personalized Continuum Surgical Robots
    • Abstract: Abstract Robot-assisted minimally invasive surgical systems enable procedures with reduced pain, recovery time, and scarring compared to traditional surgery. While these improvements benefit a large number of patients, safe access to diseased sites is not always possible for specialized patient groups, including pediatric patients, due to their anatomical differences. We propose a patient-specific design paradigm that leverages the surgeon’s expertise to design and fabricate robots based on preoperative medical images. The components of the patient-specific robot design process are a virtual reality design interface enabling the surgeon to design patient-specific tools, 3-D printing of these tools with a biodegradable polyester, and an actuation and control system for deployment. The designed robot is a concentric tube robot, a type of continuum robot constructed from precurved, elastic, nesting tubes. We demonstrate the overall patient-specific design workflow, from preoperative images to physical implementation, for an example clinical scenario: nonlinear renal access to a pediatric kidney. We also measure the system’s behavior as it is deployed through real and artificial tissue. System integration and successful benchtop experiments in ex vivo liver and in a phantom patient model demonstrate the feasibility of using a patient-specific design workflow to plan, fabricate, and deploy personalized, flexible continuum robots.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
       
  • Medical Robotics
    • Authors: Daniel S. Elson; Kevin Cleary; Pierre Dupont; Robert Merrifield; Cameron Riviere
      PubDate: 2018-09-12
      DOI: 10.1007/s10439-018-02127-7
       
 
 
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