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 of providing softer, conformable tooling. Our goal is to create a flexible highway through the ventricles, one that allows surgeons to reach deep-seated tumors in ways they had never before imagined.
[project codename: brainworm]
Bergeles, C., Gosline, A. H., Vasilyev, N. V., Codd, P. J., Nido, P. J. del, & Dupont, P. E. (2015). Concentric Tube Robot Design and Optimization Based on Task and Anatomical Constraints. IEEE Transactions on Robotics