Multi-directional Force and Tactile Sensor Sleeves for Micro Catheters and Cannulas

Joelle Sogunro, Xiaochong Wu, Carlo Saija, Basma Alabdullah, Joseph Rowell, Anhao Liu, Cristina Sanchez Fernandez, Kawal Rhode, Christos Bergeles, Hadi Sadati*

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Robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery with catheters and steerable cannulas such as Concentric Tube Robots can improve the postoperative patient experience. Haptic sensing for tooltip can reduce the chance of complications in such procedures, such as vessel irritation, vasospasm, perforation, and aneurysm rupture. This paper investigates the design of an affordable multi-directional micro force and tactile sensor by comparing two sensing modalities: (i) Electrical Impedance sensing (EIS) via tissue impedance and electrical noise measurement, and (ii) Force Sensitive Resistance (FSR) measurement. For both of these techniques, we successfully developed two bi-directional sensor sleeves that were designed to envelope cannulas of varying dimensional configurations. In in-vitro phantom experiments with realistic mechanical and electrical proprieties, We showcased that the proposed designs have the potential to be used as an affordable disposable multi-modal bi-directional tactile and force sensor for off-the-shelf vascular intervention catheters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Autonomous Robotic Systems - 24th Annual Conference, TAROS 2023, Proceedings
EditorsFumiya Iida, Arsen Abdulali, Perla Maiolino, Mingfeng Wang
Number of pages12
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Sept 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume14136 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

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