Microsurgical Assistant Systems
The Galen Surgical System was created as an answer to the challenges faced by surgeons during minimally-invasive head-neck operations: long instruments causing amplified arm tremor and reduced precision, tight spaces near sensitive anatomy and limited work areas. The system is based on the technology developed for the Eye Surgical Assistant Workstation at JHU, holding surgical instruments together with the surgeon and sensing the surgeon’s intent through a force sensor. Because the robot has control over the instrument, it can filter out undesired motions like hand tremor, or constrain motions with virtual fixtures. The system’s typical applications are in laryngeal / vocal cord surgeries, open microsurgeries and in Image-guided sinus surgeries with virtual fixtures. It can also be used in otology, craniotomy, spine and hand surgeries. A clinically deployable version of the system is being developed by Galen Robotics, Inc.
Validation experiments underway