Micromanipulators

Design and Comparison of Magnetically-Actuated Dexterous Forceps Instruments for Neuroendoscopy

Author(s): Andrew Lim, Adam Schonewille, Cameron Forbrigger, Thomas Looi, James Drake, Eric Diller
Design and Comparison of Magnetically-Actuated Dexterous Forceps Instruments for Neuroendoscopy 170 177 IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (TBME)
Robot assistance is revolutionizing minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques. As robot assistance becomes standard in areas such as urology and general surgery, it remains largely absent in neurosurgery. The primary reason is a lack of dexterous wristed tools that are small and compact enough to maneuver within the confines of the brain. In this study, we present a wireless magnetic power transmission that enables the design of unconventional tiny wristed robot tools. By deploying the tools endoscopically within a silicone brain model, we demonstrate the feasibility of these novel devices for future neuroendoscopic robots. read more