Enabling Technologies for More Accurate, Less Invasive Robotic Surgery
Webster, Robert J., III
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This seminar will focus on recent results from the Vanderbilt Medical & Electromechanical Design Laboratory on concentric tube robots, capsule endoscopy, and robotic cochlear implant surgery, together with a brief discussion on fledgling mechatronic STEM education projects for both healthy and disabled students. Concentric tube robots are thin “tentacle-like” robots able to elastically wind around and through delicate anatomy, minimizing damage while accessing challenging surgical sites. Enabling these robots to achieve their potential requires mechanics-based models, image guidance, path planning, and end effector design. The capsule endoscopy portion of the talk will cover swallowable pill-sized robots capable of locomotion, insufflation, and therapy delivery in the GI tract. The talk will also address robot-assisted otologic surgery, which involves bone shaping and drilling in the skull to facilitate cochlear implantation and other inner-ear procedures.
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