Using the Waseda bioinstrumentation system WB-1R to analyze surgeon's performance during laparoscopy - Towards the development of a global performance index -

Massimiliano Zecca, Filippo Cavallo, Minoru Saito, Nobutsuna Endo, Yu Mizoguchi, Stefano Sinigaglia, Kazuko Itoh, Hideaki Takanobu, Giuseppe Megali, Oliver Tonet, Paolo Dario, Andrea Pietrabissa, Atsuo Takanishi

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Abstract

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has become very common in recent years, thanks to the many advantages it provides for patients. Since it is difficult for surgeons to learn and master this technique, several training methods and metrics have been proposed, both to improve the surgeon's abilities and also to assess his/her skills. This paper presents the use of the WB-1R (Waseda Bioinstrumentation system no.1. Refined), which was developed at Waseda University, Tokyo, to investigate and analyze a surgeon's movements and performance. Specifically, the system can measure the movements of the head, the arms, and the hands, as well as several physiological parameters. In this paper we present our experiment to evaluate a surgeon's ability to handle surgical instruments and his/her depth perception using a laparoscopic view. Our preliminary analysis of a subset of the acquired data (i.e. comfort of the subjects; the amount of time it took o complete each exercise; and respiration) clearly shows that the expert surgeon and the group of medical students perform very differently. Therefore, WB-1R (or, better, a newer version tailored specifically for use in the operating room) could provide important additional information to help assess the experience and performance of surgeons, thus leading to the development of a Global Performance Index for surgeons during MIS. These analyses and modeling, moreover, are an important step towards the automatization and the robotic assistance of the surgical gesture.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2007 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2007
Pages1272-1277
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 1
Event2007 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2007 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2007 Oct 292007 Nov 2

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

Conference

Conference2007 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2007
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period07/10/2907/11/2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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