Project Title: Super-Elastic Continuum Robot for Endoscopic Articulation and Manipulation (SCREAM)
When: Thursday December 13 @ 3PM
Office-based endoscopic procedures are becoming an increasingly attractive option for the treatment of laryngeal abnormalities, but their effectiveness is limited by the lack of visibility and articulation currently available. We are proposing a new system of miniature steerable instruments for surgeons to overcome these limitations and extend the reachable workspace within the larynx. This project aims to solve these limitations through the development of a wrist-like design utilizing notched nitinol tubing. While this project will use manual controls for the manipulation of the instrument, future projects may be able to motorize the system, utilizing the modular platform that we’ve designed. The project also includes a graphical feedback system to allow the operator to visualize the manipulator’s configuration in real-time to allow for changes to instrument configuration. The end goal of this project and successor projects is to enable an FDA approved in-office procedure aimed at the surgical removal of laryngeal abnormalities.
Team Members: Zachary Boyer, Cory Brolliar, Benjamin Mart, and Kevin O’Brien
Advisors: Professor Fichera, Professor Fischer, and Professor Stafford