Design of an articulated manipulator for enhanced dexterity in minimally invasive surgery
Ray, Jerry DeWane, II
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A current limitation in minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures is the lack of an articulated mechanism which will provide dexterity inside the torso while supporting a surgical tool. The tool could be a pair of scissors or an optical device such as a camera, or both. To overcome this limitation we have designed an Articulated Manipulator for Minimally Invasive Surgery (AMMIS). The AMMIS is expected to provide surgeons with improved dexterity during MIS procedures and be ideally suited for tele-surgery. This design may also be used in non-medical applications such as aviation maintenance, and engine inspection.
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