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Safe and simple man-machine interface for a laparoscopic manipulator system
Author(s): Estuko Kobayashi; Ken Masamune; Ichiro Sakuma; Takeyoshi Dohi; Daijo Hashimoto
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Paper Abstract

Laparoscopic surgery is becoming increasingly popular as a form of minimally invasive surgery. A major problem in it is the smooth manipulation of the laparoscope. A surgeon is usually using both hands to manipulate long instruments, and it is difficult for a camera assistant to hold the laparoscope steady while quickly aiming the scope at the point required by the surgeon. A laparoscopic manipulator, which holds and manipulates the laparoscope according to direct commands from the surgeon, could solve these problems. Therefore, we have developed a laparoscopic manipulator system using a five-bar linkage mechanism and an optical zoom. A man-machine interface (MMI) is an important element in the laparoscopic manipulator system and it has special requirements as follows; Because the surgeon commands the manipulator at the same time with operating using his/her both hands, MMI, should be simple and intuitive method of command. The system should be safe as a medical device. Therefore, the aim of this study is to seek for the most suitable MMI for a laparoscopic manipulator system considering the requirements described above, for the safety and usability of the system. To achieve it, we develop several MMI and perform a quantitative experiment and in-vivo experiment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 2001
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4158, Biomonitoring and Endoscopy Technologies, (19 January 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.413793
Show Author Affiliations
Estuko Kobayashi, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Ken Masamune, Tokyo Denki Univ. (Japan)
Ichiro Sakuma, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Takeyoshi Dohi, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Daijo Hashimoto, Saitama Medical School (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4158:
Biomonitoring and Endoscopy Technologies
Israel Gannot; Yuri V. Gulyaev; Theodore G. Papazoglou; Christiaan F. P. van Swol, Editor(s)

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