Steerable Needles

  • Vanderbilt University

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

    A steerable, MRI-guided needle-size robot would access the hippocampus through the foramen ovale, a natural opening in the cheek. A team of engineers and neurosurgery faculty is taking the next steps to develop this less invasive procedure for treating temporal lobe epilepsy. A Vanderbilt research team has received a $2… Read More

    Feb. 16, 2021

  • Vanderbilt University

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

    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… Read More

    Nov. 8, 2017

  • Robot uses steerable needles to treat brain clots

    Robot uses steerable needles to treat brain clots

    Professor Robert Webster and his team have developed a new image-guided surgical system that uses steerable needles to essentially suck out clots. Watch a video demo of the system in action and read the full story. Read More

    Aug. 8, 2013