Robotically assisted interventions: Clinical trial for spinal blocks

Kevin Cleary, Vance Watson, David Lindisch, Alexandru Patriciu, Dumitru Mazilu, Dan Stoianovici

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Percutaneous interventions are performed by freehand passages of instruments, such as needles, from the skin surface to the anatomy of interest. The main problem with this approach is that the physician can be inaccurate in aligning the instrument and staying on course. A joystick-controlled robotic needle driver may allow the physician to more precisely target the anatomy. This paper describes our experience with a robotic needle driver in a 20-patient clinical trial of nerve and facet blocks. Our next stage of research in robotically assisted lung biopsy is also mentioned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)963-964
Number of pages2
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science
Issue numberPART 2
StatePublished - 2003
EventMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2003 - 6th International Conference Proceedings - Montreal, Que., Canada
Duration: Nov 15 2003Nov 18 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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