Background: Robotic surgery has seen a rapid increase in popularity in the last few decades because advantages such as increased accuracy and dexterity can be realized. These systems still lack force-feedback, where such a capability is believed to be beneficial to the surgeon and can improve safety. Method: In this paper a force-feedback enabled surgical robotic system is described in which the developed force-sensing surgical tool is discussed in detail. The developed surgical tool makes use of a proximally located force/torque sensor, which, in contrast to a distally located sensor, requires no miniaturization or sterilizability. Results: Experimental results are presented, and indicate high force sensing accuracies with errors <0.09 N. Conclusions: It is shown that developing a force-sensing surgical tool utilizing a proximally located force/torque sensor is feasible, where a tool outer diameter of 12 mm can be achieved. For future work it is desired to decrease the current tool outer diameter to 10 mm.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Mar 2017|
- force-feedback enabled surgical robot
- force-sensing surgical tool
- minimally invasive surgery
- surgical robotics