Neurosurgical robotic system for brain tumor removal

Jumpei Arata, Yasunori Tada, Hiroaki Kozuka, Tomohiro Wada, Yoshitaka Saito, Norio Ikedo, Yuichiro Hayashi, Masazumi Fujii, Yasukazu Kajita, Masaaki Mizuno, Toshihiko Wakabayashi, Jun Yoshida, Hideo Fujimoto

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Purpose: Brain tumor (e.g., glioma) resection surgery, representing the first step for many treatments, is often difficult and time-consuming for neurosurgeons. Thus, intelligent neurosurgical instruments have been developed to improve tumor removal. Methods: The concept and robotic structure of intelligent neurosurgical instruments were introduced. These instruments consist of a surgical robot, a master device and operating software. The robot incorporates a surgical motion base and tool manipulator, including a volume control suction tool. Open Core Control software was developed for connecting intelligent neurosurgical instruments through a network connection and integrating the instruments into a system. Results: Mechanical evaluation tests on the components and a preliminary system evaluation were performed. A phantom model was fixed on a head frame, and a tumor-removal procedure was successfully performed using prototype intelligent neurosurgical instruments. Conclusion: Intelligent neurosurgical instruments are feasible and suitable for on-going evaluation in practical tasks, including in-vivo animal testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-385
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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