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Medical Robotics

Drawing of Real-Time Analysis of Surgical Procedure, c1995

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Dr. Kanade’s work on computer vision has contributed to the advancement of robotic assistance in high risk surgery. One such contribution has been collaboration on a computer-assisted surgical system for total hip replacement. Dr. Kanade also developed systems that allow surgeons to better understand the exact position of the patient [28pp] while performing delicate procedures, and he holds a patent on an apparatus responsive to movement [18pp] of a patient during treatment and diagnosis.

Dr. Kanade's research has led to the development of other procedures that allow robots to perform repetitive free hand movements that would be impossible for surgeons to perform. Free hand sculpting in bone removal surgery has also been studied as a way to perform precise surgical procedures. Another area of study has been the pursuit of 3-D modeling. The development of surgical procedures that allow for the reconstruction of three-dimensional images from x-rays [14pp] provides better understanding before and after the surgery is performed.


J. Dustin Williams, University/Heinz Archivist, Carnegie Mellon University

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