Robot-assisted laparoscopic ultrasound

Caitlin M. Schneider, Gregory W. Dachs, Christopher J. Hasser, Michael A. Choti, Simon P. DiMaio, Russell H. Taylor

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

15 Scopus citations


Novel tools for existing robotic surgical systems present opportunities for exploring improved techniques in minimally invasive surgery. Specifically, intraoperative ultrasonography is a tool that is being used with increased frequency, yet has limitations with existing laparoscopic systems. The purpose of this study was to develop and to evaluate a new ultrasound system with the da Vinci® Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical Inc., Sunnyvale CA) for laparoscopic visualization. The system consists of a prototype dexterous laparoscopic ultrasound instrument for use with the da Vinci surgical system, an integrated image display, and navigation tools. The system was evaluated by surgeons during pertinent activities, including phantom lesion detection and needle biopsy tasks, as well as in vivo porcine visualization and manipulation tasks. The system was found to be highly dexterous, clinically desirable, and advantageous over traditional laparoscopic systems. This device promises to improve performance of complex minimally-invasive surgical procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInformation Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions - First International Conference, IPCAI 2010, Proceedings
Number of pages14
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event1st International Conference on Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions, IPCAI 2010 - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: Jun 23 2010Jun 23 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6135 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other1st International Conference on Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions, IPCAI 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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