Create intelligent tools that work alongside and in the hands of health care providers to deliver cutting edge therapies and diagnostics.
HeartLanderResearcher: Cam RiviereHeartLander is a miniature mobile robot designed to facilitate minimally invasive therapy to the surface of the beating heart. Under physician control, the robot:
- enters the chest through an incision below the sternum,
- adheres to the epicardial surface of the heart,
- autonomously navigates to the specified location, and
- administers the therapy.
Magnetically Actuated Soft Capsule Endoscopes (MASCEs)Researcher: Metin SittiThese magnetically actuated soft capsule endoscope robots are actuated by an external permanent magnet and they use a novel rolling based surface locomotion method inside stomach and possibly other regions of the GI tract for clinical and potentially personal use for advanced new diagnostic and therapeutic functions. Read More »
Micron: An Active Tremor-Canceling Microsurgical InstrumentResearcher: Cam RiviereWe are developing an intelligent active hand-held instrument for ophthalmological microsurgery. This instrument senses its own motion, distinguishes between desired and undesired motion using advanced filtering techniques, and actively compensates for undesired motion by an equal but opposite deflection of its own tip. Read More »
Sonic FlashlightResearcher: George StettenOur objective is to permit in situ visualization of ultrasound images so that direct hand-eye coordination can be employed during invasive procedures. A method is presented that merges the visual outer surface of a patient with a simultaneous ultrasound scan of the patient's interior. The method combines a flat-panel monitor with a half-silvered mirror such that the image on the monitor is reflected precisely at the proper location within the patient. Read More »
Medical Snake RobotResearcher: Howie ChosetIn order to overcome the limitations of currently available assistive technologies for minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS), we developed and tested a first prototype based on an innovative approach of a highly articulated robotic probe (HARP). Read More »