Fischer, Gregory S.
Stafford, Kenneth A.
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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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