Usability of a Robotic Surgical Microscope

Markus Finke, Achim Schweikard


During surgical procedures, various medical systems (e.g. microscope or C-arm) are used. Their precise and repeatable manual positioning can be very cumbersome and interrupts the surgeon's workflow. Robotized systems can assist the surgeon but they require suitable kinematics and control. However, positioning must be fast, flexible and intuitive. We describe a fully motorized surgical microscope. Hardware components like motors, encoders and controllers as well as implemented applications are specified. Our microscope combines fast manual handling with accurate, automatic positioning. Intuitive control is provided by a small remote control mounted to one of the surgical instruments. Positioning accuracy and repeatability are less than 1mm and vibrations caused by automatic movements fade away in about one second.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 3rd IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
Number of pages6
Publication date27.12.2010
Article number5627773
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-7708-1, 978-1-4244-7707-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4244-7709-8
Publication statusPublished - 27.12.2010
Event2010 3rd IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 26.09.201029.09.2010
Conference number: 83012


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