Dr. Jindong Tan Professor and Associate Head Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Design and Control of A Magnetic Actuated Insertable Robotic Camera System for Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery


Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is a common surgical procedure which makes tiny incisions in the patients anatomy, inserting surgical instruments and using laparoscopic cameras to guide the procedure. Compared with traditional open surgery, MIS allows surgeons to perform complex surgeries with reduced trauma to the muscles and soft tissues, less intraoperative hemorrhaging and postoperative pain, and faster recovery time. Recently, single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) and natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) have been introduced to reduce or even eliminate the number of incisions. However, the shared use of a single incision or a natural orifice for both surgical instruments and laparoscopic cameras further reduces dexterity in manipulating instruments and laparoscopic cameras with low efficient visual feedback. In our work, an innovative actuation mechanism design is proposed for laparoscopic cameras that can be navigated, anchored and orientated wirelessly with a single rigid body to improve surgical procedures for SILS. This design eliminates the need for an articulated design and the integrated motors to significantly reduce the size of the camera. The design features a unified mechanism for anchoring, navigating, and rotating a fully insertable camera by externally generated rotational magnetic field. Experimental assessments have been carried out to evaluate the performance of the camera system.


Jindong Tan received the Ph.D degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, in 2002, in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is currently a Professor and the associate department head in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA. He has been an assistant/associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University during 2002-2012. His research interests include body sensor networks, biomedical signal processing, mobile robotics and mobile sensing. Dr. Tan has over 140 archival journal and conference publications in these research areas. His research is funded by NSF, DoD, and ORNL.

Host Faculty: Dr. Jim La


Friday, November 30, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Scrugham Engineering and Mines (SEM), 234

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