Faculty Advisor

Fichera, Loris

Faculty Advisor

Fischer, Gregory S.

Faculty Advisor

Stafford, Kenneth A.

Abstract

Office-based endoscopic procedures are an increasingly attractive option for the treatment of laryngeal tumors, but their effectiveness is limited by the restricted range of motions attainable by state-of-the-art surgical instruments. In this project, we propose a new ultra-thin dexterous manipulator made of super- elastic nitinol intended to amplify a surgeon’s manipulation capability during endoscopic procedures. Included with our tool is a graphical feedback system that offers intuitive visualization of the manipulator’s configuration in real-time. The overarching goal of this research is to lay the groundwork for the creation of a new class of FDA-approved miniature steerable instruments for in-office laryngeal treatment.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019

Major

Robotics Engineering

Major

Computer Science

Major

Interdisciplinary

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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