Title: Evaluation of an intuitive writing interface in robot-aided laser laparoscopic surgery
Authors: Tang, Hsiao-Wei ×
Van Brussel, Hendrik
Vander Sloten, Jos
Reynaerts, Dominiek
De Win, Gunter
Van Cleynenbreugel, Ben
Koninckx, Philippe #
Issue Date: Jan-2006
Publisher: Wiley-Liss
Series Title: Computer Aided Surgery vol:11 issue:1 pages:21-30
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The feasibility of the conceptual Intuitive Writing Interface (IWI) in robot-aided laser laparoscopic surgery has been demonstrated previously. This paper investigates the potential improvement of IWI by comparing conventional manipulation (CM) and IWI manipulation (IM) and conducting an animal experiment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three tasks were designed that were considered to be representative of laser laparoscopic surgical procedures. All test participants used both CM and IM in all tasks. Completion time and error level of each task were taken as comparative indices and were integrated into a self-defined Index of Time and Error (ITE). Six sequential in vitro trials were carried out to investigate learning curves. In addition, nephrectomy was performed on a rabbit by employing IWI in robot-aided laser laparoscopic surgery. RESULTS: The results showed significant advantages for IM, with shorter completion time, more successful shots, and smaller error length in the three tasks, as compared to CM. The learning curve showed a promising trend for IM. More than half of the participants performed better with IM. The animal model experiment demonstrated the clinical feasibility of IM, but at the same time revealed some limitations. CONCLUSIONS: The new IWI interface definitely improved laser laparoscopic procedures by taking advantage of familiar writing skills. With its flexibility of implementation and ease of use, IWI has clear potential for use in laser laparoscopic procedures.
ISSN: 1092-9088
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation (PMA) Section
Biomechanics Section
Basic Research in Gynaecology Section (-)
Urology Section (-)
× corresponding author
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