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Characterizing tissue stiffness at the tip of a rigid needle using an opto-mechanical force sensor (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Steven V. Beekmans; Davide Iannuzzi; John J. van den Dobbelsteen
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Paper Abstract

Each year, in the Netherlands alone, more than 50.000 percutaneous procedures are performed for treatment or for removal of tissue from possibly diseased organs, of which 30% return non-diagnostic due to erroneous needle targeting, often as a result of non-homogeneity of the penetrated tissue. In this study, we aim to facilitate needle targeting by assessing the tissue in front of the needle based on its mechanical properties. A probe that can identify tissues via real-time measurements of their mechanical properties is placed at the tip of the needle. The probe, actuated by a remote system at the distal part of the needle, employs the bending of a micro-machined cantilever fabricated on top of an optical fiber. The displacement of the cantilever, imposed by pressing a micro-bead (r = 75 µm) glued at the tip of the cantilever against the tissue, is interrogated by Fabry-Pérot interferometry and converted to force acted on the tissue in real-time. The force transducer is able to perform in harsh environments due to its monolithic design and all-optical working principle. Using our setup, load-indentation curves were obtained during needle insertion in several gelatin-based specimens. We demonstrate the ability of our device to detect and quantify layers of varying stiffness and to successfully locate tissue boundaries in animal tissue embedded in gelatin. Furthermore, a diagnostic measurement can be made by quantifying intra-organ tissue stiffness at the needle target location.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2016
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9710, Optical Elastography and Tissue Biomechanics III, 97101G (27 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2212385
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Steven V. Beekmans, Vrije Univ. Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Davide Iannuzzi, Vrije Univ. Amsterdam (Netherlands)
John J. van den Dobbelsteen, Technische Univ. Delft (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9710:
Optical Elastography and Tissue Biomechanics III
Kirill V. Larin; David D. Sampson, Editor(s)

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