Telepresence Microsurgery for USUHS
Final rept. 1 Sep 1999-31 Aug 2000
SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA
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The research discussed herein involves the development of a remote slave micromanipulator unit RSMU for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences USUHS in Bethesda, MD. The RSMU will extend the capabilities of existing telepresence surgery systems TeSS installed at both SRI and USUHS for microsurgical procedures. The scope of this research includes the redesign of an existing RSMU prototype, the production of the improved RSMU for USUHS, the integration of the new RSMU with existing TeSS master consoles, and technical support for testing and evaluation of the new system by USUHS surgeons and personnel. Design of the existing RSMU prototype and production of the improved RSMU is complete. Qualitative evaluation of the upgraded RSMU at SRI shows it is possible to manipulate microsurgical sutures. However, improvements are indicated to alleviate deficiencies with the master console and video imaging system.
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