A Useful Robotic-Mechanical System for Measuring a Surgical Area Without Obstructing Surgical Operations by Some Surgeon
In this study, we constructed and tested the usability of a surgical area-measuring robot-mechanical system, which does not obstruct the movements of doctors, assistants, or nurses during surgery, under two operating lights in an operating room. This study revealed that using the robotic slider to move the camera up and down did not result in excessive vibration or inconsistent depth measurements before, during, and after the movement. For example, if a doctor moves the camera out of the way to move a microscope to the upper part of the surgical area for microsurgery and then brings it back, the system could accurately retain the depth image alignment.
KeywordsSurgical area sensing Robotic-mechanical system Microsurgery Surgical operation navigation
This research has been partially supported by the Collaborative Research Fund for Graduate Schools (A) of the Osaka Electro-Communication University, and a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Research Project Number: JP26289069).
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