Steerable, multi-functional tools and platform concepts

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Steerable surgical cutter

Multi-functionality is one of the major requirements for innovative medical instruments as it reduces the need of tool change and contributes to
efficiency and reduction of trauma.

Increase of tool functionality on the other hand also may increase the
working load for the user in order to control the tool.

Modern platform concepts, also based on robotics technology and
appropriate interaction concepts, potentially solve that issue. Integration of
the research results regarding actuation technology and robotics, performed
in this project, is focused on applications ready to be evaluated in clinical
context.

R & D targets include the integration of Phase Change Actuators and
hydraulics actuators into surgical instruments, development of a prototype of
a multi-modal interaction platform for multi-functional tools, and
development of a (semi-)automatic needle insertion unit with active
steerable needles.

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