Handheld automated microsurgical instrumentation for
intraocular laser surgery
- Handheld automated microsurgical instrumentation for
intraocular laser surgery
- 양성욱; Louis A. Lobes Jr; Joseph N. Martel; Cameron N. Riviere
- retinal photocoagulation; robotics; visual servoing; micromanipulation
- Issue Date
- Lasers in surgery and medicine
- VOL 47, NO 8, 658-668
- Background and Objective: Laser photocoagulation is a mainstay or adjuvant treatment for a variety of common retinal diseases. Automated laser photocoagulation during intraocular surgery has not yet been established. The authors introduce an automated laser photocoagulation system for intraocular surgery, based on a novel handheld instrument. The goals of the system are to enhance accuracy and efficiency and improve safety.
Materials and Methods: Triple-ring patterns are introduced as a typical arrangement for the treatment of proliferative retinopathy and registered to a preoperative fundus image. In total, 32 target locations are specified along the circumferences of three rings having diameters of 1, 2, and 3 mm, with a burn spacing of 600 mu m. Given the initial system calibration, the retinal surface is reconstructed using stereo vision, and the targets specified on the preoperative image are registered with the control system. During automated operation, the laser probe attached to the manipulator of the active handheld instrument is deflected as needed via visual servoing in order to correct the error between the aiming beam and a specified target, regardless of any erroneous handle motion by the surgeon. A constant distance of the laser probe from the retinal surface is maintained in order to yield consistent size of burns and ensure safety during operation. Real-time tracking of anatomical features enables compensation for any movement of the eye. A graphical overlay system within operating microscope provides the surgeon with guidance cues for automated operation. Two retinal surgeons performed automated and manual trials in an artificial model of the eye, with each trial repeated three times. For the automated trials, various targeting thresholds (50-200 mu m) were used to automatically trigger laser firing. In manual operation, fixed repetition rates were used, with frequencies of 1.0-2.5 Hz. The powe
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