[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160100714]
Researchers Prof Adam Wittek; Dr Surya Singh; Prof Karol Miller; Prof Blake Hannaford; Prof Gabor Fichtinger
Brief description This project intends to create a novel integrated framework for biomedical systems that can accurately target a needle. Accurate surgical targeting means less trauma and better patient outcomes. Needles are used in over half of all surgical procedures, but up to 38 per cent of these are affected by targeting errors. Achieving sub-millimetre accuracy is extremely difficult because inserting a needle displaces the tissue and moves the target. How, then, can ultra-fine targeting be achieved? This project plans to integrate non-linear biomechanical models that predict tissue motion with accurate and principled motion control. It seeks to create new methods for surgical robots that will predict target motion and guide a needle to accurately intersect the target.
Funding Amount $490,000
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects