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A Flexure-based Deployable Stereo Vision Mechanism and Temperature and Force Sensors for Laparoscopic Tools

Ramu, G and Ananthasuresh, GK (2009) A Flexure-based Deployable Stereo Vision Mechanism and Temperature and Force Sensors for Laparoscopic Tools. In: 14th National Conference on Machines and Mechanisms (NaCoMM-09), December 17-18, 2009, NIT-Durgapur, India.

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Abstract

This paper presents concepts, designs, and working prototypes of enhanced laparoscopic surgical tools. The enhancements are in equipping the tool with force and temperature sensing as well as image acquisition for stereo vision. Just as the pupils of our eyes are adequately spaced out and the distance between them is adjustable, two minute cameras mounted on a mechanism in our design can be moved closer or farther apart inside the inflated abdomen during the surgery. The cameras are fitted to a deployable mechanism consisting of flexural joints so that they can be inserted through a small incision and then deployed and moved as needed.A temperature sensor and a force sensor are mounted on either of the gripping faces of the surgical grasping tool to measure the temperature and gripping force, which need to be controlled for safe laparoscopic surgery. The sensors are small enough and hence they do not cause interference during surgery and insertion.Prototyping and working of the enhanced laparoscopic tool are presented with details

Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Laparoscopic tools;flexural joints
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Ms TV Yashodha
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 10:12
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2011 10:12
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/40079

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