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Medical Manipulators - Breakthrough with Virtual Reality

Medizinmanipulatoren - Breakthrough with Virtual Reality
: Wapler, M.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung -IGD-, Darmstadt; Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation -IAO-, Stuttgart; Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung -IPA-, Stuttgart:
Virtual Reality World '95. Conference documentation
München: Computerwoche Verlag, 1995 (IDG-Conferences and Seminars)
Virtual Reality World <1995, Stuttgart>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
endoscopy; Endoskop; manipulation; manipulator; Medizintechnik; minimal abrasive therapie; Minimal invasive Chirurgie; Minimal invasive Therapie; virtual reality

A new concept for minimally invasive surgery has been presented comprising articulated endoscopes and instruments, an advanced man-machine interface and a manipulator system for transferring the input commands to the instruments. First evaluations have already shown that this concept can make the control of surgical instruments and endoscopes more intuitive and ergonomically acceptable. Based on these evaluations the question of whether medical manipulators can be of benefit to minimally invasive surgery should be answered with yes. The next steps envisaged are more detailed evaluations using the virtual reality simulation environment. These will certainly lead to further optimisations in the design of the manipulator and the overall layout of the components. Also, attention will be given to the need for some form of force-feedback.