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BACKGROUND The aim of this work was to determine the feasibility of a robotic-assisted and fully automated approach to the sphenoid sinus. An image-guided robotic system was designed to address potential human errors in performing transsphenoidal sinus surgery by combining the reproducible accuracy of a robotic system with standard computer navigation. (More)
We present an advanced version of our robotic setup for paranasal sinus surgery that was developed at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in Erlangen, Germany. The system was interconnected with a redundant navigation system for increasing intraoperative safety while performing telemanipulatory as well as fully automated(More)
BACKGROUND Following surgical repair of cleft lip and palate, hearing and speech and language development are important issues for the continued care of affected childhood and adolescent patients. Therefore, PEAKS (Program for Evaluation and Analysis of all Kinds of Speech Disorders) was developed in order to rate speech intelligibility automatically and(More)
OBJECTIVE To introduce a new robotic system to the field of neurosurgery and report on a preliminary assessment of accuracy as well as on envisioned application concepts. Based on experience with another system (Evolution 1, URS Inc., Schwerin, Germany), technical advancements are discussed. MATERIAL/METHODS The basic module is an industrial 6 degrees of(More)
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