Our project aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of an image-based robotic assistance system for percutaneous, image-guided needle placement in in-vivo animal testing.
For the first time, technologies for path planning, control software, and parts of the hardware which have so far only been realized as laboratory setups within the scope of R+D-projects have been used in a complete demonstrator set-up. A demonstrator system was installed in the project at the participating end-users, and tested first in the scope of a user study and successively in a first in-vivo test in animals. The tests have shown evidence, that our system can that precise needle placement can be significantly accelerated with the help of robotic assistance and can be performed with a lower radiation dose exposure for both patient and interventionalist. With all the success, which the user- and in-vivo testing has had, it also showed further potential for improvements. The system is currently being adopted to incorporate user feedback and implement improvements and will go into further testing soon.
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