Force-Sensing Silicone Retractor for Attachment to Surgical Suction Pipes†
AbstractThis paper presents a novel force-sensing silicone retractor that can be attached to a surgical suction pipe to improve the usability of the suction and retraction functions during neurosurgery. The retractor enables simultaneous utilization of three functions: suction, retraction, and retraction-force sensing. The retractor also reduces the number of tool changes and ensures safe retraction through visualization of the magnitude of the retraction force. The proposed force-sensing system is based on a force visualization mechanism through which the force is displayed in the form of motion of a colored pole. This enables surgeons to estimate the retraction force. When a fiberscope or camera is present, the retractor enables measurement of the retraction force with a resolution of 0.05 N. The retractor has advantages of being disposable, inexpensive, and easy to sterilize or disinfect. Finite element analysis and experiments demonstrate the validity of the proposed force-sensing system. View Full-Text
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Watanabe, T.; Koyama, T.; Yoneyama, T.; Nakada, M. Force-Sensing Silicone Retractor for Attachment to Surgical Suction Pipes. Sensors 2016, 16, 1133.
Watanabe T, Koyama T, Yoneyama T, Nakada M. Force-Sensing Silicone Retractor for Attachment to Surgical Suction Pipes. Sensors. 2016; 16(7):1133.Chicago/Turabian Style
Watanabe, Tetsuyou; Koyama, Toshio; Yoneyama, Takeshi; Nakada, Mitsutoshi. 2016. "Force-Sensing Silicone Retractor for Attachment to Surgical Suction Pipes." Sensors 16, no. 7: 1133.
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