Faculty Advisor

Fischer, Gregory S

Faculty Advisor

Padir, Taskin

Abstract

The Linear Pneumatic-Hydraulic MRI Robot Actuator was designed as a modular solution to precision motion in a medical MRI environment. The implementation of this non-ferrous and nearly completely non-metallic linear driver mechanism gives an operator the ability to place grippers, sensors, syringes, and other medical instruments with an extraordinary level of flexibility and precision. Its modular design allows for rapid prototyping of robotic systems and paves the way for more advanced and complex minimally invasive procedures under real-time MRI guidance. This enables decreased setup and adjustment time as well as higher precision and reduced complications. The team's design will be used in future MRI robot designs and research in collaboration with the UMass Medical School.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2010

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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