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    Beating-heart robotic surgery using bilateral impedance control: Theory and experiments

    , Article Biomedical Signal Processing and Control ; Volume 45 , 2018 , Pages 256-266 ; 17468094 (ISSN) Sharifi, M ; Salarieh, H ; Behzadipour, S ; Tavakoli, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2018
    Abstract
    A bilateral impedance controller is presented to enable robot-assisted surgery of a beating heart. For this purpose, two desired impedance models are designed and realized for the master and slave robots interacting with the operator (surgeon) and the environment (heart tissue), respectively. The impedance models are designed such that (a) the slave robot complies with the oscillatory motion of the beating heart and (b) the surgeon perceives the non-oscillatory portion of the slave/heart contact force at the master robot implying arrested-heart surgery. These performance goals are achieved via appropriate adjustment of the impedance model parameters without any measurement or estimation of... 

    A comprehensive multimodality heart motion prediction algorithm for robotic-assisted beating heart surgery

    , Article International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery ; Volume 15, Issue 2 , 2019 ; 14785951 (ISSN) Mansouri, S ; Farahmand, F ; Vossoughi, G ; Alizadeh Ghavidel, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd  2019
    Abstract
    Background: An essential requirement for performing robotic-assisted surgery on a freely beating heart is a prediction algorithm that can estimate the future heart trajectory. Method: Heart motion, respiratory volume (RV) and electrocardiogram (ECG) signal were measured from two dogs during thoracotomy surgery. A comprehensive multimodality prediction algorithm was developed based on the multivariate autoregressive model to incorporate the heart trajectory and cardiorespiratory data with multiple inherent measurement rates explicitly. Results: Experimental results indicated strong relationships between the dominant frequencies of heart motion with RV and ECG. The prediction algorithm... 

    Objective measurement of inferior-directed stiffness in glenohumeral joint using a specially designed robotic device in healthy shoulders; within- and between-session reliability

    , Article Journal of Biomechanics ; Volume 127 , 2021 ; 00219290 (ISSN) Azarsa, M. H ; Mirbagheri, A. R ; Hosseini, R ; Shadmehr, A ; Karimi, N ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2021
    Abstract
    Clinical assessment of capsuloligamentous structures of the glenohumeral joint has been qualitative and subjective in nature, as demonstrated by limited intra- and inter-rater reliability. Robotic devices were utilized to develop a clinically objective measurement technique for glenohumeral joint stiffness. The purpose of this study was to quantify the amount of inferior-direction stiffness of the glenohumeral joint using a safe clinical device in the asymptomatic individuals, and to determine between trial and between session reliability of the robotic device. Twenty healthy subjects were recruited via convenience sampling. Inferior-directed translation and applying force were measured... 

    Review on different experimental techniques developed for recording force-deformation behaviour of soft tissues; with a view to surgery simulation applications

    , Article Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology ; Volume 41, Issue 4 , 2017 , Pages 257-274 ; 03091902 (ISSN) Afshari, E ; Rostami, M ; Farahmand, F ; Sharif University of Technology
    Abstract
    Different experimental techniques which have been developed to obtain data related to force-deformation behaviour of soft tissues play an important role in realistically simulating surgery processes as well as medical diagnoses and minimally invasive procedures. Indeed, an adequate quantitative description of soft-tissue-mechanical-behaviour requires high-quality experimental data to be obtained and analysed. In this review article we will first scan the motivations and basic technical issues on surgery simulation. Then, we will concentrate on different experimental techniques developed for recording force-deformation (stress-strain) behaviour of soft tissues with focussing on the in-vivo... 

    A minimally invasive robotic surgery approach to perform totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass on beating hearts

    , Article Medical Hypotheses ; Volume 124 , 2019 , Pages 76-83 ; 03069877 (ISSN) Alamdar, A ; Hanife, S ; Farahmand, F ; Behzadipour, S ; Mirbagheri, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Churchill Livingstone  2019
    Abstract
    The currently available robotic systems rely on rigid heart stabilizers to perform totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass (TECAB) surgery on beating hearts. Although such stabilizers facilitate the anastomosis procedure by immobilizing the heart and holding the surgery site steady, they can cause damage to the heart tissue and rupture of the capillary vessels, due to applying relatively large pressures on the epicardium. In this paper, we propose an advanced robotic approach to perform TECAB on a beating heart with minimal invasiveness. The idea comes from the fact that the main pulsations of the heart occur as excursions in normal direction, i.e., perpendicular to the heart surface. We... 

    Feasibility of infrared tracking of beating heart motion for robotic assisted beating heart surgery

    , Article International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery ; Volume 14, Issue 1 , February , 2018 ; 14785951 (ISSN) Mansouri, S ; Farahmand, F ; Vossoughi, G ; Ghavidel, A. A ; Rezayat, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd  2018
    Abstract
    Background: Accurate tracking of the heart surface motion is a major requirement for robot assisted beating heart surgery. Method: The feasibility of a stereo infrared tracking system for measuring the free beating heart motion was investigated by experiments on a heart motion simulator, as well as model surgery on a dog. Results: Simulator experiments revealed a high tracking accuracy (81 μm root mean square error) when the capturing times were synchronized and the tracker pointed at the target from a 100 cm distance. The animal experiment revealed the applicability of the infrared tracker with passive markers in practical heart surgery conditions. Conclusion: With the current technology,... 

    Phenomenological tissue fracture modeling for an Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery training system based on experimental data

    , Article Medical Engineering and Physics ; Volume 68 , 2019 , Pages 85-93 ; 13504533 (ISSN) Sadeghnejad, S ; Farahmand, F ; Vossoughi, G ; Moradi, H ; Mousa Sadr Hosseini, S ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2019
    Abstract
    The ideal simulator for Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery (ESSS)training must be supported by a physical model and provide repetitive behavior in a controlled environment. Development of realistic tissue models is a key part of ESSS virtual reality (VR)-based surgical simulation. Considerable research has been conducted to address haptic or force feedback and propose a phenomenological tissue fracture model for sino-nasal tissue during surgical tool indentation. Mechanical properties of specific sino-nasal regions of the sheep head have been studied in various indentation and relaxation experiments. Tool insertion at different indentation rates into coronal orbital floor (COF)tissue is... 

    An extended algorithm for autonomous grasping of soft tissues during robotic surgery

    , Article International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery ; Volume 16, Issue 5 , 2020 , Pages 1-15 Amirkhani, G ; Farahmand, F ; Yazdian, S. M ; Mirbagheri, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd  2020
    Abstract
    Background: Autonomous grasping of soft tissues can facilitate the robotic surgery procedures. The previous attempts for implementing auto-grasping have been based on a simplistic representation of the actual surgery maneuvers. Method: A generalized three-zone grasp model was introduced to consider the effect of the pull force angulation on the grasp mode, that is, damage, slip, or safe grasp. Also, an extended auto-grasping algorithm was proposed in which the trigger force is automatically controlled against the pull force magnitude and direction, to achieve a safe and secure grasp. Results: The autonomous grasping experiments against a varying pull force in a phantom study indicated a good...