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Design and analysis of tactile optical sensor for endovascular surgery
Author(s): M.A. Qasaimeh; J. Dargahi; M. Kahrizi; M. Packirisamy
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, design and Finite Element analysis of a new tactile optical sensor for the measurement of contact-pressure and tissue compliance in endovascular surgeries are presented. Using Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) technology, this sensor can be fabricated and integrated with the medical tools for endovascular surgeries such as Catheter tool. The designed sensor is capable of detecting the magnitude of the applied forces, the pressure distribution on contact objects, and also estimating the compliance of the contact tissue. The designed sensor is made of three layers, the upper layer is fabricated from monocrystalline silicon to form silicon membranes, the middle layer which is the supporting element is fabricated from both silicon and silicone rubber as a soft material and the lower layer is a supporting Plexiglas substrate to connect the designed sensor to the optical fibers. Simulation results show that for the given contact forces, the magnitude and the distribution of contacting tissues pressure along with tissue compliance can be determined. This sensor as proposed is a good candidate for batch micromachining, which is yet another commercial advantage for this design. Because of its less expensive cost, the surgeon can use it as a disposal part of the endovascular tools, requiring no re-sterilization and reducing the cost of surgery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6796, Photonics North 2007, 67960J (26 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.778942
Show Author Affiliations
M.A. Qasaimeh, Concordia Univ. (Canada)
J. Dargahi, Concordia Univ. (Canada)
M. Kahrizi, Concordia Univ. (Canada)
M. Packirisamy, Concordia Univ. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6796:
Photonics North 2007
John Armitage, Editor(s)

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