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This paper presents a slave robot carrying an ultrasound probe for remote echographic examination. This robot is integrated in a master-slave system called robotic tele-echography (TER). The system allows an expert operator to perform a remote diagnosis from echographic data he acquires on a patient located in a distant place. The originality of this robot lies in its architecture: the cable-driven robot is lightweight and semirigid, and it is positioned on the patient body. In this paper, we describe the clinical application, the system architecture, the second implementation of the robot, and experiments performed with this prototype.
Date of Publication: Oct. 2003