ICBME 2016 Special Symposium in surgical navigation and robotics

ICBME 2016 Special Symposium on Surgical Robotics and Navigation Symposium Organizing Chairs: Hongliang Ren (Singapore), Etsuko Kobayashi (Japan) Themes Computer-Assisted Surgery Flexible Robotics and navigation in Surgery Artificial Intelligence in Robotic Surgery Date: Dec 7, 2016 U-Town Gallery https://goo.gl/photos/vCNqYfWmD26UF41j7         Speakers and Topics Keynote speaker: SAKUMA, Ichiro, University of Tokyo COMPUTER AIDED SURGERY FOR ASSISTING MINIMALLY INVASIVE THERAPIES Abstract Minimally invasive … Continue reading

A compact continuum tubular robotic system for transnasal procedures

Video [kad_youtube url=”https://youtu.be/E_OXL-4kxAY” ] Project Goals Nasopharynx cancer, or nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), is a tumor that originates in the nasopharynx, the uppermost region of the pharynx where the nasal passage and the throat join. It is a common disease occurring to ethnic Chinese people living in or emigrating from southern China; it is also the eighth most frequently occurred cancer among Singaporean men. Traditional posterior nasopharyngeal … Continue reading

Tracking Magnetic Particles under Ultrasound Imaging using Contrast-Enhancing Microbubbles

Abstract Magnetic microbubbles which can be controlled by an external magnetic field have been explored as a method for precise and efficient drug delivery. In this paper, a technique for the fabrication of microbubble encapsulated magnetic spheres is presented. The resultant magnetic spheres were subsequently imaged using ultrasound and the encapsulated microbubbles proved to appear as bright spots and resulted in enhanced ultrasound … Continue reading

Planning and Navigation for Percutaneous Ablations

Project Goals Two challenges are mostly clinical concerns in tumor ablation — the size of the tumor and accessibility to the probes. Multiple overlapping ablations need to be planned to cover irregular and oversize tumors through a series of single probe ablations. In the meantime, the planned ablations should be accessible by the needle-based probe and should avoid critical healthy … Continue reading

3D Ultrasound Tracking and Servoing of Tubular Surgical Robots

Collaborators: [Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering Lab of Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, USA] [Philips Research] Abstract Ultrasound imaging is a useful modality for guiding minimally invasive interventions due to its portability and safety. In cardiac surgery, for example, real-time 3D ultrasound imaging is being investigated for guiding repairs of complex defects inside the beating heart. Substantial difficulty can arise, however, … Continue reading

Surgical Tracking System for Laparoscopic Surgery

Collaborators: ERC-CISST, LCSR Lab of Johns Hopkins University, USA Fraunhofer Germany (FhG) Laparoscopic surgery poses a challenging problem for a real-time intra-body navigation system: how to keep tracking the surgical instruments inside the human body intra-operatively. This project aims to develop surgical tracking technology that is accurate, robust against environmental disturbances, and does not require line-of-sight. The current approach is … Continue reading