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Telerobotic surgery: experiments and demonstration of telesurgeon/assistant cooperation under different time delays and tool assignments
Author(s): Mark P. Ottensmeyer; James M. Thompson; Thomas B. Sheridan
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Paper Abstract

One aspect of applying teleoperators to a surgical scenario that has been overlooked to date is how best to coordinate the actions of a tele-surgeon and an assistant on the scene of the operation. This research uses laparoscopic surgery as a model, and examines performance of the surgeon/assistant pair on simulated surgical tasks under different conditions of time delay and surgical tool assignment. Our experiments suggest that under time delay conditions, tasks are completed most quickly when the tele-surgeon controls only a laparoscopic camera, and instructs the assistant in how to complete the tasks. This paper also describes the teleoperator system used and a proof-of-concept demonstration that will be conducted between MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital in late 1996. The demonstration will make use of three ISDN telephone lines to transmit audio, video, and control signals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 December 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2901, Telemanipulator and Telepresence Technologies III, (17 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.263005
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Mark P. Ottensmeyer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
James M. Thompson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Thomas B. Sheridan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2901:
Telemanipulator and Telepresence Technologies III
Matthew R. Stein, Editor(s)

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