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Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 1 August 1999




(1999), "Internet page", Industrial Robot, Vol. 26 No. 6.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 1999, MCB UP Limited

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Keywords: Robotics, Robots, Internet, Medical, Research, Computer aided Device for Brain Surgery

This page is found as part of the Extra! Extra! Website, which specialises in unusual and interesting news sources world-wide. It gives information on the SergiScope system, a robotic device that could enable brain surgery to be performed with greater precision, developed by Elekta Instrument. The system stores scanned data about the brain in a computer and when the surgeon selects an area to treat on the scanned image, a robotic tool-holder correctly positions the microscope on the corresponding area of the patient's brain. The outline of a tumour is easier to see on the scanned image than in the brain itself and so allows the progress of the operation to be monitored by the surgeon. of Massachusetts Medical Centre - Office of Public Affairs & Publications

This Web page contains a news report from February 14, 1996, about advances in virtual surgery titled "Robots may revolutionise current treatment for burn victims, says UMASS plastic surgeon Worcester, Massachusetts."

The University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, collaborating with colleagues at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, have developed a robotic model that would perform some laser techniques currently done by plastic surgeons. It has been proposed that by the use of a laser, the removal of dead skin from burn patients could be automated by using robots which are programmed to mimic the surgeon.

Dr Elliot Lach, Associate Professor of surgery at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, predicts that this robotic skin removal could lead to revolutionary applications in the treatment of frostbite, birthmarks, warts, and skin cancer. Surgery by Adam Moser 02/15/1999

A simple Website with plenty of links for further information about robotic surgery. Review

B.L. Davies of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London, has written a research review on the "Safety of robotic and computer assisted surgery". It briefly discusses a wide range of safety issues that are being explored in order to arrive at proposals for safety standards for systems used in the operating theatre. Industrial robot safety recommendations, the necessity of having accurate imaging, 3D modelling, registration and tracking of tools and target tissue are also considered. Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Robotics Technologies for Minimal Invasive Surgery (MIS)

The use of endoscopic tools and cameras in conjunction with new imaging techniques form a complete new working environment in the operating theatre and a greater challenge for the surgeon. New challenges have therefore evolved to scientists working with micro-mechanics, robotics and virtual reality (VR).

The DLR Institute of Robotics and System Dynamics has experience in the field of human interaction with robots and virtual worlds, mechatronics, simulation and telemanipulation and so a working group was established to pass these skills to Minimal Invasive Surgery (MIS).

The Website has information about current projects which include: new generation of sterilisable forceps for MIS; sensorised forceps; real-time visual tracking system for a robot camera assistant; teleconsultation system for gastroscopy and laparoscopy; Haptic Interfaces for the KISMET surgery trainer; and FEM simulation of deformable objects for virtual surgery. There are also links to other interesting sites and to Laparoscopy Links by Geoff Stockham, University of Dundee, UK and Project CARS 98, Computer Aided Robotic Surgery. Aided Surgery

This is the online version of Computer Aided Surgery (CAS, formerly the Journal of Image Guided Surgery) and is the official journal of the International Society for Computer Aided Surgery (ISCAS). ISCAS is a multinational, interdisciplinary organisation which is committed to the development of basic research and clinical applications of computer aided surgery and related medical and technological areas. CAS contains original papers exploring the latest computer assisted and image guided surgical procedures and covers all aspects of digital technology with respect to diagnostic imaging and surgery. This journal also features reports from significant laboratory investigations and clinical cases, authoritative review articles covering new instrumentation, techniques, training issues, pre-prints, article abstracts, and the full text of published issues can be viewed online at this site. Users are required to register to access the full text of articles and pre-prints. Robotics at the Brady Urological Institute

The Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins University has been one of the world's leaders in urologic care for the last eight years. URobotics is a new program created for advancing urologic technology through a close partnership of clinical and technical experts from the bench to the bedside. The program was developed as a multi-disciplinary collaboration, and is unique in that it is the only academic engineering program in the world exclusively applied to urology. The ultimate goal of the URobotics program is to pioneer a new interdisciplinary field of academic research and education that would prototype equipment and teach personnel for the urologic care of the new millennium.

The site contains information about the laboratory, their inventions, projects and publications.

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A very useful site with plenty of links to Computer Aided Surgery sites. It is well presented and also has links to many other interesting sites. for Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery

Formed in 1993, the Centre for Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery (MRCAS) is a joint venture between Carnegie Mellon University and Shadyside Hospital. The aim of the centre is to foster the application of robotic and computer technologies within medicine and has three primary goals. These are to raise the awareness and support for robotics and computer assisted techniques within medicine, to promote collaboration between physicians and researchers within the Robotics Institute and to perform application-oriented research aimed at current clinical needs within the medical system.

The Centre for Orthopaedic Research (COR) at Shadyside Hospital is the sister laboratory of the Centre for MRCAS and was formed in 1992. COR complements Shadyside's expanding clinical programme by focusing on applied research and the adaptation of new technology to orthopaedic challenges and their Website contains more medically oriented information.

These impressive looking pages contain information about MRCAS, its members, online versions of published papers, contact information, details about projects, links in the field of MRCAS, a search engine and a link to the COR Website.