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Robotic assisted surgery generates the possibility of remote operation between surgeon and patient. People need better understanding of the engineering issues involved in operating a surgical robot in remote locations and through novel communication links between surgeon and surgery site. This paper describes two recent experiments in which the authors tested the RAVEN, a new prototype surgical robot manipulation system, in field and laboratory conditions. In the first experiment, the RAVEN was deployed in a pasture and ran on generator power. Telecommunication with the surgical control station was provided by a novel airborne radio link supported by an unmanned aerial vehicle. In the second experiment, the RAVEN was teleoperated via Internet between Imperial College in London and the BioRobotics Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle.
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