1 October 2000 Design and characterization of a laser-based instrument with spectroscopic feedback control for treatment of vascular lesions: the "Smart Scalpel"
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J. of Biomedical Optics, 5(4), (2000). doi:10.1117/1.1289880
Abstract
To improve the effectiveness of microsurgical techniques, we are developing a semi-autonomous robotic surgical tool (called the ‘‘Smart Scalpel’’) as an alternate approach to treatment of vascular lesions. The device employs optical reflectance spectroscopy as part of a line scan imaging system to identify and selectively target blood vessels in a vascular lesion for thermal treatment with a focused laser beam. Our proof-of-concept reported here presents the design and construction of a prototype instrument, initial quantification of imaging system resolution and contrast, and preliminary verification of the imaging and targeting strategies with standard targets and live dermal tissue.
Elizabeth L. Sebern, Colin J. H. Brenan, Ian Warwick Hunter, "Design and characterization of a laser-based instrument with spectroscopic feedback control for treatment of vascular lesions: the "Smart Scalpel"," Journal of Biomedical Optics 5(4), (1 October 2000). http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.1289880
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Blood vessels

Imaging systems

Blood

Feedback control

Modulation transfer functions

Tissues

Laser therapeutics

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