Institute of Mechatronic Systems Research Research Projects
µRALP - Micro-Technologies and Systesm for Robot-Assisted Laser Phonemicrosurgery

µRALP - Micro-Technologies and Systesm for Robot-Assisted Laser Phonemicrosurgery

Team:  Dipl.-Ing. Dennis Kundrat, Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Schoob
Year:  2012
Funding:  EU, FP7
Is Finished:  yes
Further information

The µRALP project is focused at advancing the state of the art in laser phonomicrosurgeries, which currently relies completely on the dexterity of surgeons who must operate through a microscope, control the laser aiming directly by hand, and deal with the associated poor ergonomics of the operating setup. µRALPwill also advance contemporary experimental systems, which have limited application range due to dependency on an external microscope with direct line of sight to the operating area. These advancements will come with the creation of a novel teleoperated surgical system based on a micro-robot end effector and a custom endoscope that will bring novel imaging and surgical technologies to the inside of the patient's body, eliminating the need for the surgical microscope and its associated requirement for direct line of sight to the surgical site. This new system will bring unprecedented levels of accessibility and precision to laser microsurgeries, allowing operations not previously possible with current technology. It will expand the surgical site imaging and laser control dimensionality to 3D, and augment surgeons' capabilities by providing fine aiming control, real-time visualization of tumor tissue, and a safety system able to predict and avoid surgical errors. In addition, it will provide the surgeons with an ergonomic and information-rich operating environment, which will result from research into novel surgeon-machine interfaces and augmented reality systems.