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‘needlescopic surgery’

New $2 million NIH grant advances less invasive procedure for TLE

Feb. 16, 2021—A Vanderbilt research team has received a $2 million National Institutes of Health grant to further develop a needle-size robotic surgery system with real-time MRI guidance for drug resistant temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Such a procedure has the potential to reduce or eliminate seizures using a minimally invasive approach over the current standard of care,...

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NIH-funded collaboration to develop steerable robotic needles for lung biopsies

Nov. 8, 2017—What started as graduate school research with steerable needles in blocks of gelatin could help pulmonologists more accurately reach sites in the peripheral lung to biopsy them. A collaboration between that doctoral student – now Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Robert Webster; Dr. Fabien Maldonado a pulmonologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and a colleague...

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WSJ names Vanderbilt engineer’s surgical robot one of six technologies worth watching

Jul. 11, 2016—A surgical robot with a tiny mechanical wrist developed by team of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt University’s Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory was named in June by the Wall Street Journal as one of six new medical technologies worth watching. The robot consists of an arm made of tiny concentric tubes that become smaller...

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