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Towards the Development of a Novel Handheld Robotic Tool for the Expanded Endoscopic Endonasal Approach
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    Dimitrakakis E, Dwyer G, Marcus H, Dorward N, Stoyanov D
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    Proceedings of CRAS-SPIGC 2019
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    9th CRAS + 30th SPIGC
  • Conference place:
    Genoa, Italy
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  • Keywords:
    robotic surgery, handheld tools, transsphenoidal approach
  • Addresses:
    Emmanouil Dimitrakakis
    University College London
    Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
    15 Loweswater House, 22 Southern Grove
    Greater London
    E3 4PY
    United Kingdom
The transphenoidal approach is one of the best examples of keyhole brain surgery. This surgical procedure is done through the nose and is used to treat tumours within the pituitary gland, which lies deep within the base of the brain. In recent years, surgeons have also described the use of an Expanded Endoscopic Endonasal Approach (EEEA) for treatment of other tumours around the base of the brain. The benefits of this approach, however, are largely theoretical, and most surgeons still find operating in this way with non-articulated tools, very difficult. The goal of this paper is to design a novel articulated robotic handheld tool for Endonasal Approaches. Contrary to rigid instruments that operate under fulcrum, the tool we have designed and started developing will give the surgeon the ability to reach places on the surface of the brain that were not reachable with those traditional instruments.
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