Smart Surgical Tools

smart surgical toolsRobotic technology in surgical therapy has demonstrated accurate and consistent tool trajectories in contrast with manual intervention. It has been a great achievement to deploy these machines in the operating theatre in close proximity to patients and staff and now commercial systems are available.

Our research focuses on controlling tool-point interaction precisely in small tissue targets. Hand supported devices are within this scope. Unique autonomous sensor controlled processes discriminate different tool working conditions/ tissues and the state of the tool-point/ tissue interaction and behaviour. This is used to enhance control by the surgeon in real-time relative to tissue position and produces consistent results. The devices require little set-up time and other infrastructure in the operating room. This approach offers great benefit as small tissue targets are often attempted working through difficult access.

The solutions investigated are generic.

 

smart surgical tools used in operations 

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