Andrea Pietrabissa

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We developed a simple, light, and cheap 3-D visualization device based on mixed reality that can be used by physicians to see preoperative radiological exams in a natural way. The system allows the user to see stereoscopic "augmented images," which are created by mixing 3-D virtual models of anatomies obtained by processing preoperative volumetric(More)
BACKGROUND It has recently been demonstrated that zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) induce death of cancerous cells whilst having no cytotoxic effect on normal cells. However, there are several issues which need to be resolved before translation of zinc oxide nanoparticles into medical use, including lack of suitable biocompatible dispersion protocols and(More)
Some phases of laparoscopic interventions, such as suturing, require precise and dexterous movements that are difficult to perform by means of rigid instruments. Multi-DOF hand-held instruments and teleoperated systems have been developed to increase movement dexterity. In this paper, we present the design of a novel hand-held robotic instrument that can be(More)
In the recent decades robotics and computer science have been gaining more and more relevance in all aspects of our lives. In surgery, for example, they gave birth to procedures, impossible to perform otherwise, like the tele-surgery or the nano-surgery. On this regard, these applied sciences already play an important role in assisting the surgeon both in(More)
BACKGROUND Using practical examples, this report aims to highlight the clinical value of patient-specific three-dimensional (3D) models, obtained segmenting multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) images, for preoperative planning in general surgery. METHODS In this study, segmentation and 3D model generation were performed using a semiautomatic tool(More)
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(More)
BACKGROUND The STAR System (Ekymed SpA) is a novel multipurpose sponge developed for conventional manual laparoscopic surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between December 2012 and December 2014, we successfully used the sponge in ten robot-assisted and ten direct manual laparoscopic operations to achieve haemostasis, for blunt dissections, for atraumatic(More)
BACKGROUND Three-dimensional printing technology is rapidly changing the way we produce all sort of objects, having also included medical applications. We embarked in a pilot study to assess the value of patient-specific 3-D physical manufacturing of spleno-pancreatic anatomy in helping during patient's counseling and for preoperative planning. METHODS(More)