Sensing Surgical Instruments

Gaining access to a surgical site via retracting neighboring tissue can result in complications due to occlusion of the tissue blood supply resulting in ischemic damage. By incorporating oxygenation sensors on the working surfaces of surgical retractors and graspers, it is possible to measure the local tissue oxygen saturation and look for trends in real-time. Further, by measuring tissue interaction forces simultaneously, we can further augment the information available to the surgeon. The sensors provide a means for sensory substitution to help compensate for the decreased sensation present in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic procedures that are gaining significant popularity. Sensing surgical instruments will allow for safer and more effective surgeries while not interfering with the normal workflow of a procedure.

Sensing Surgical Instruments

Related Publications

  1. Fischer GS, Akinbiyi T, Saha S, Zand J, Talamini M, Marohn M, Taylor RH, Ischemia and Force Sensing Surgical Instruments for Augmenting Available Surgeon Information, IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics - BioRob 2006, Pisa, Italy, February 2006. IEEE, PDF
  2. Fischer GS, Saha S, Horwat J, Yu J, Zand J, Marohn M, Talamini MA, Taylor RH, An Intra-Operative System for Relating Ischemic Damage to Retraction Forces, Annual fall meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society - BMES 2005, Baltimore, MD, September 2005.
  3. Fischer GS, Zand JM, Talamini MA, Marohn M, Akinbiyi T, Kanev K, Kuo J, Kazanzides P, Taylor RH, Intra-operative Ischemia Sensing Surgical Instruments, International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering - CME 2005, Takamatsu, Japan, May 2005. PDF
  4. Zand JM, Fischer GS, Hanly E, Shih S, Marohn M, Taylor RH, Talamini MA, Ischemia Sensing Surgical Instruments, Annual congress of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons - SAGES 2005, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, April 2005.
  5. Prasad S, Kitagawa M, Fischer GS, Zand JM, Talamini MA, Taylor RH, Okamura A, A Modular 2-DOF Force-Sensing Instrument For Laparoscopic Surgery, Sixth International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention - MICCAI 2003, Montreal, Canada, Lecture Notes on Computer Science, Vol 2878, pp 279-286, Springer, 2003. Springer, PDF