Oral cancer patients undergo invasive surgical procedures as a total glossectomy requiring the removal of the tongue, leaving patients with the inability to swallow, eat and speak. Current tongue prosthesis used for rehabilitation provide aesthetic and static functionality of the tongue, but do little in recreating the kinematic function of the original muscular organ.To improve the design of tongue prosthetic devices, a new miniaturized mechatronic tongue is being developed. This system consists of two parts, namely the tongue prosthesis and the actuation mechanism. This project focuses on generating concept designs for the actuation mechanism. The aim of these designs was ensuring adequate pressure propels fluid into the silicone tongue prosthesis to create synchronic movement.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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