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Robotic Skull Base Surgery

Using active cannulas as miniature manipulators, we are developing a system for transnasal skull base surgery. The system is a teleoperated robot that functions conceptually similarly to the da Vinci surgical system, but uses miniature arms the diameter of a needle that have “tentacle-like” dexterity, because they consist of active cannulas.  These capabilities are required for removing tumors in challenging locations in the head via the narrow opening of the nose.


Contact: Robert WebsterEmail