M. Sc. Sebastian Tauscher
Since the mid 1980’s research have been done in the field of computer and robot-assisted surgery. So far, just a few systems succeeded the step from the research test set up towards a FDA approved product. Besides others, the reasons are the insufficient overall accuracy as well as the often complex and time-consuming surgical workflow. Furthermore, the integration of the mechatronic assistant device into an image-guided therapy system is an important step towards a commercial success. Therefore, standards got an important part. Examples for successfully established standards in medicine are the Health Level 7 (HL7) standard and the Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) standard. In addition the Integrating the healthcare Enterprises (IHE) program tries to introduce common workflows into different disciplines of medicine and identifies relevant standards for each discipline. However, Up to date there is whether a standard for robot-assisted surgery neither for the integration of devices in the operation room.
Within this cooperative project with the KUKA Laboratories GmbH the Institute for Mechatronic Systems develops a generic interface concept for the integration of the KUKA Light Weigth Robot in an image-guided therapy system. This concept is derived from a literature review of open and proprietary interfaces as well as of existing standards in medicine. Based on these results the requirements specifications of the interfaces are derived. The interface concept is going to be tested and validated by integrating the KUKA LWR into the MediLAB environment in the medical technology laboratory of the institute.
During the Namic Project Week 2013 in Boston the control interface concept was testes and an 3D Slicer module was implemented do operate the state machine. For further details visit the project side .