In 2015, the Brain Tool Laboratory was established by Dr. Patrick Codd as a collaboration between the Department of Neurosurgery and the Pratt School of Engineering. Since that time, engineers and neurosurgeons have worked together to tackle some of the most difficult problems facing the surgical community. Fostering a true atmosphere of collaboration, the Brain Tool Laboratory is in a unique position to bring about significant change to the field of surgical robotics.
Through a careful examination of surgical operations, researchers approach each problem by stripping away the physical and mental constraints imposed by decades of traditional surgical methodology. In this manner, the Brain Tool Laboratory is able to advance the field of surgical robotics while keeping patient benefit and overall device value as its highest priorities.
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Dr. Patrick Codd, M.D.
patrick.codd [at] dm.duke.edu
Wes Ross, PhD.
Dr. Shervin Rahimpour
Dr. Andrew Cutler
Dr. Kelly Murphy
westin.hill [at] duke.edu
Dr. Kimberly Hoang
kimberly.hoang [at] dm.duke.edu
Dr. Avra Laarakker
Many of the engineering methods and tools developed for neurosurgical applications are applicable in other disciplines, including dermatology. Combining advanced intraoperative imaging, surgical planning, and laser guidance allow for precise treatment of dermatological ailments, whether it be a regrettable tattoo or a more serious condition such as skin cancer. Our team is collaborating with BME Read more about Laser and Imaging in Dermatology Surgery[…]
Two ambitious surgical residents recently had a proposal for the HoloLens Development Kit accepted by Microsoft. This success inspired a collaboration with Dr. Regis Kopper in the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment. Together, our team is exploring new applications for augmented reality in neurosurgery – stay posted for updates. Congratulations to Shervin Rahimpour and Andrew Cutler for a Read more about Neurosurgical Hololens Adaptation[…]
Decades of using rigid tooling has trained surgeons to plan for the linear surgical approach. Our team is attempting to provide alternatives to surgeons such that they can comfortably take the less-invasive, nonlinear trajectory. Based on Dr. Codd’s experience in concentric tube robotics, we have set the ventricles as our design space with the overall goal Read more about A Device for Nonlinear Surgical Access[…]
A rift is opening between a surgeon’s improving ability to perceive minute details through increasingly-higher-resolution imaging modalities and the relatively-unchanging accuracy of delivering surgical action. In order to take advantage of small-scale perception, advances in instrumentation must allow for tissue removal at similar levels of precision. Consequently, laser technology has begun to make inroads into Read more about Automated Tumor Resection[…]