Development of a gripper with variable stiffness for a ct-guided needle insertion robot

Kento Yokouchi, Tetsushi Kamegawa, Takayuki Matsuno, Takao Hiraki, Takuya Yamaguchi, Akio Gofuku

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Abstract

In recent years, interventional radiology (IR) as a medical procedure has attracted considerable attention. Among the various IR techniques, computed to-mography (CT)-guided IR is performed by inserting a specific needle into a lesion under CT guidance, leading to this medical procedure being less invasive. How-ever, as the procedure requires the doctor to be positioned near the CT, radiation exposure may be a ma-jor concern. To overcome this problem, we developed a remote-controlled robotic system for needle insertion during CT-guided interventional procedures. The cur-rent needle holder for the robot is risky in that it might hurt a patient since a needle is always held firmly even when the patient moves. To solve this problem, we designed and fabricated a gripper with variable stiffness through jamming transition. Subsequently, we conducted experiments to investigate the effect of elements constituting the gripper to improve its performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)692-700
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Robotics and Mechatronics
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • CT-guided interventional radiology
  • Gripper with variable stiffness
  • Jamming transition phenomenon
  • Medical robot
  • Needle insertion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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