Flexible Needle Steering System for Percutaneous Access to Deep Zones of the Brain

Johnathan A. Engh, Gregg Podnar, Si Yi Khoo, and Cameron Riviere
Proceedings of the IEEE 32nd Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, May, 2006, pp. 103 - 104.


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Abstract
The authors describe a minimally invasive flexible needle-steering system to access deep areas of the brain. The design exploits the inherent bending of a beveled-tip needle when passing through tissue. Precise control of the rotation of the needle allows for an unlimited variety of trajectories. Potential advantages to this system include the possibility of catheter-based therapy delivery within the brain with minimal trauma to surrounding structures, and the ability to navigate around critical cerebral structures to reach deep zones within the brainstem, thalamus or other subcortical regions.

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Medical Robotics Technology Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Surgical Mechatronics Laboratory
Associated Project(s): Needle Steering for Brain Surgery
Number of pages: 2

Text Reference
Johnathan A. Engh, Gregg Podnar, Si Yi Khoo, and Cameron Riviere, "Flexible Needle Steering System for Percutaneous Access to Deep Zones of the Brain," Proceedings of the IEEE 32nd Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, May, 2006, pp. 103 - 104.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Engh_2006_5497,
   author = "Johnathan A Engh and Gregg Podnar and Si Yi Khoo and Cameron Riviere",
   title = "Flexible Needle Steering System for Percutaneous Access to Deep Zones of the Brain",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the IEEE 32nd Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference",
   pages = "103 - 104",
   month = "May",
   year = "2006",
}