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Design of a Parallel Long Bone Fracture Reduction Robot with Planning Treatment Tool

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5 Author(s)
A. E. Graham ; Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. ; S. q. Xie ; K. c. Aw. ; W. l. Xu
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The principals and procedure of long bone surgery are presented and the need for robotic assistance is established. Existing problems include radiation exposure from fluoroscopy, mental strain from reconstructing 3-dimensional images and physical fatigue from overcoming fracture deforming forces. These problems are addressed by a proposed fracture reduction robot which aids in treatment planning and reduction of the fracture. A flexible parallel robot (FleP) with an active force/position controller is designed to perform the operation. A computer-aided planning treatment tool (CAPTT) provides image analysis, path planning and simulation. An advanced human machine interface (AHMI) attempts to provide a companion feeling between robot and surgeon by using human forms of communication. The result is a reduction in radiation exposure, removal of the need to reconstruct images mentally and there is no longer any physical strain

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2006 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

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9-15 Oct. 2006