Assessing motion in laparoscopic tools

Seth Wolpert, W. Bosseau Murray, Omar S. Bholat, Stefani Mastandrea

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In this study, a laparoscopic test fixture was implemented to quantify motion and control with a surgical instrument, assess tracking skill acquisition, and provide a basis to compare precision and consistency across a variety of test subjects and conditions. A conventional laparoscopic dissector was fitted with a depth sensor, whose analog output is sampled, processed, and stored using a LabView program on a personal computer. Novice users were tested in simple target approach exercises, using both dominant and non-dominant hands over a seven-day period. Analysis of test data indicated no significant difference in overall precision, but significant differences in approach trajectory, especially during retraction. Data also showed significant improvement in time to complete tasks from day one to day seven. The test fixture was seen to be effective in evaluating a variety of facets of instrument movement and control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
Event27th IEEE Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference - Storrs, CT, United States
Duration: Mar 31 2001Apr 1 2001


Other27th IEEE Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference
CountryUnited States
CityStorrs, CT

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering

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    Wolpert, S., Murray, W. B., Bholat, O. S., & Mastandrea, S. (2001). Assessing motion in laparoscopic tools. 39-40. Paper presented at 27th IEEE Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Storrs, CT, United States.