Accession Number : ADA317024

Title :   Integrated Remote Neurosurgical System.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 14 Aug 95-13 Aug 96,

Corporate Author : VIRGINIA UNIV CHARLOTTESVILLE

Personal Author(s) : Kassell, Neal F. ; Downs, J. H., III

PDF Url : ADA317024

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : The Neurovisualization Lab at the University of Virginia is currently developing the Integrated Remote Neurosurgical System (IRNS) to allow remote neurosurgical procedures for access to underserved localities. The system allows a remote neurosurgeon to control a robotic microscope through the use of 3-D input devices, communicate through live audio and video over an ATM switch, and view presurgical imagery. The surgical team in the operating room will also have access to the same images and communication facilities. The system will also serve as a training tool through the use of a complete robotic simulation we have developed. We have also instituted safety precautions in the form of restriction of robot motion, monitoring of robot joints, and protocol of system use. We have developed a registration system to assist in the implementation of these guidelines. A task analysis has led to development of a prototype user interface, and the preliminary integration of available components has been completed. We report on the current state of the system and ongoing development with respect to the user interface and intergrations

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *USER NEEDS, *COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, *NEUROLOGY, *COMPUTER AIDED DIAGNOSIS, *REMOTE CONTROL, SIMULATION, VIRGINIA, ROBOTICS, MONITORING, TRAINING DEVICES, INTERFACES, FACILITIES, ROBOTS, MOTION, PROTOTYPES, SOUND, SAFETY, MICROSCOPES, MEDICAL PERSONNEL, SURGERY, VIDEO SIGNALS, SWITCHES, JOINTS.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Cybernetics
      Radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE