Robots for stereotactic neurosurgery

Ken Masamune*, Marcel Sonderegger, Hiroshi Iseki, Kintomo Takakura, Hiroshi Iseki, Takeyoshi Dohi

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The number of medical robots has been gradually increasing in recent years. Two needle insertion manipulators for neurosurgery have been developed in our laboratory. One is a CT image guided neurorobot and the other the equivalent for MRI usage. Their basic concept as medical robotics is described. The two manipulators, used for image-guided neurosurgery, have an isocentric design with 6 d.o.f. They avoid interfering with the patient's head even during emergency situations. The manipulators can insert various surgical tools such as biopsy needles, suction tools and catheters. The robots are designed to assist the surgeon through precise positioning and needle navigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-401
Number of pages11
JournalAdvanced Robotics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering


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