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The authors present ongoing work on the use of a variable curvature flexible needle steering system to gain percutaneous access to the kidney for medical interventions. A nonlinear control law is introduced which drives the needle to track a predetermined planar path using a steering approach based on duty-cycled rotation during insertion. Renal access is performed in simulation and tested in vitro in a tissue phantom to validate the proposed control method.
Date of Conference: Aug. 31 2010-Sept. 4 2010