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Development of a remote minimally-invasive surgical system with operational environment transmission capability

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8 Author(s)
M. Mitsuishi ; Dept. of Eng. Synthesis, Tokyo Univ., Japan ; J. Arata ; K. Tanaka ; M. Miyamoto
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This paper describes a tele-endoscopic surgical system with force feedback capability. The system consists of multi-media cockpit, surgical site and communication link. The multimedia cockpit is equipped with force feedback type master manipulators, visual and auditory information presentation apparatuses, and foot switches. A slave manipulator with 3 arms is located at the surgical site; the left and right arms hold forceps or a radio knife and the center arm holds an endoscope. The slave manipulator has a special safety mechanism. Vital signs can be also transmitted to the cockpit. In the experiment, a cholecystectomy was successfully performed on a pig at the distance of 150 km.

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Robotics and Automation, 2003. Proceedings. ICRA '03. IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

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14-19 Sept. 2003