A robotic approach to HIFU based neurosurgery

Brian L. Davies, Sunita Chauhan, Mike J.S. Lowe

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    The use of robotics in surgical interventions not only has the potential for minimally invasive surgical procedures but can improve performance and result in reduced operative time and post-operative trauma/recovery. This paper describes the concept of a robotic based High Intensity Focused Ultrasound system as a neuro-surgical tool for the destruction of subcortical lesions. A novel multi-transducer applicator system is proposed in order to minimise the effects of off-focal hot-spots and cavitation. Analytical models have been developed for simulating the acoustic field of the multi-transducer system. The models predict the interactive field effects from specific spatial configurations of the probes with respect to each other and to the target. Finally, the design aspects for a robotics based dedicated manipulator for HIFU-based brain surgery have been explored, together with those predicted from a laboratory system.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention ─ MICCAI 1998 - 1st International Conference, Proceedings
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd.
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)3540651365, 9783540651369
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998
    EventMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention 1998 - Cambridge, United States of America
    Duration: 11 Oct 199813 Oct 1998
    Conference number: 1st
    https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/BFb0056181 (Proceedings)

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    ConferenceMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention 1998
    Abbreviated titleMICCAI 1998
    Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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    • Neurosurgery
    • Surgical robots
    • Treatment planning
    • Ultrasound surgery

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