Lasers form an increasingly common tool for precision treatment of pathological conditions on delicate and vital human organs such as the vocal folds. However, laser aiming control still relies completely on the dexterity of surgeons who must operate through a microscope and deal with its associated poor ergonomics. This can have a strong impact on the quality of the procedures. Additionally, in laser phonomicrosurgery the laser beam is directed from a comparatively large range (400mm), resulting in accuracy and consistency problems that require extensive surgeon training.
In this project a redesign of the surgical setup is proposed to create an advanced micro-surgical system that will allow unprecedented levels of accessibility, controllability, precision and safety during these procedures, resulting in enhanced surgical and patient outcomes. The new technologies developed herein will pave the way towards new and safer minimally invasive laser microsurgeries, leading to a significantly enhanced capacity for cancer treatment in general.
The aim of creating a collection of multimedia data about cancer and suspected tissues is to obtain a comprehensive dataset useful for the medical community.
This will be a support for the creation of the supervisory cognitive safety system and for the development of image processing algorithms for both the laser visual servoing system and the augmented reality system.
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