Image guidance for robot-assisted surgery using the da Vinci system
I am involved in two projects that use ultrasound to provide real-time
image guidance for robot-assisted
laparoscopic surgery. With Profs. Robert
Rohling, Purang Abolmaesumi, David Lowe, Piotr Kozlowski and Drs.
Chrstopher Nguan and Larry Goldenberg we are working on augmenting the
stereo vision system of the da Vinci with intra-operative ultrasound
imaging. Ultrasoung imaging will also be used to register pre-operative
MRI and CT images to the patient for imporved surgery guidance.
We have access to Jack,
the da Vinci S system at VGH, and are the recipients of CFI funding to
purchase a da Vinci system for research (see ICICS LEF grant "Expansion
of The Institute for Computing, Information, and Cognitive
Systems Facilities in Biomedical Technologies, Emergency
Decision-Support, and Global Communications Systems", as well as a
variety of supporting imaging equipment support (C-arm, ultrasoudn