Next Article in Journal
A Smart Spoofing Face Detector by Display Features Analysis
Previous Article in Journal
Modeling for IFOG Vibration Error Based on the Strain Distribution of Quadrupolar Fiber Coil
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sensors 2016, 16(7), 1133; doi:10.3390/s16071133

Force-Sensing Silicone Retractor for Attachment to Surgical Suction Pipes

1
Institute of Science and Engineering, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa 9201192, Japan
2
Faculuty of Medicine, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa 9200934, Japan
This paper is an extended one of a conference paper. Toshio Koyama, Takanobu Iwai, Takeshi Yoneyama, Hiroyuki Kagawa, Mitsutoshi Nakada, Yutaka Hayashi, and Tetsuyou Watanabe. Silicone Retractor with Embedded Force-Sensing Function for Attachment to Surgical Suction Pipes. In the Proceeding of the IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), Busan, Korea, 7–11 July 2015; pp. 145–150.
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Vittorio Passaro
Received: 2 June 2016 / Revised: 13 July 2016 / Accepted: 15 July 2016 / Published: 21 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)

Abstract

This 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
Keywords: force sensor; retraction; suction; force visualization mechanism force sensor; retraction; suction; force visualization mechanism
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Watanabe, T.; Koyama, T.; Yoneyama, T.; Nakada, M. Force-Sensing Silicone Retractor for Attachment to Surgical Suction Pipes. Sensors 2016, 16, 1133.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Sensors EISSN 1424-8220 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top