Iman Khalaji

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Lack of dexterous control over the position of a catheter's distal tip and not having any feedback from the quality of tip - tissue contact are among the factors that make the conventional catheter-based method of performing cardiac ablation very challenging. To resolve these issues, in this paper, we present a robotic catheter manipulation system that(More)
In this paper, a vibration-assisted needle insertion technique has been proposed in order to reduce needle-tissue friction. The LuGre friction model was employed as a basis for the current study and the model was extended and analyzed to include the impact of high-frequency vibration on translational friction. Experiments were conducted to evaluate the role(More)
A novel technique is introduced for tissue deformation and stress analysis. Compared to the conventional Finite Element method, this technique is orders of magnitude faster and yet still very accurate. The proposed technique uses preprocessed data obtained from FE analyses of a number of similar objects in a Statistical Shape Model framework as described(More)
In this paper, a robotic solution is proposed to deal with the challenges caused by lung motion during needle insertion. To accomplish this goal, a macro-micro robotic tool is designed to compensate for tissue motion using the macro part, while performing the needle insertion independently with the micro part. The main application of this work is for(More)
In this paper, a robotics-assisted articulating ultrasonic surgical scalpel for minimally invasive soft tissue cutting and coagulation is designed and developed. For this purpose, the optimal design of a Langevin transducer with stepped horn profile is presented for internal-body applications. The modeling, optimization and design of the ultrasonic scalpel(More)
The finite element (FE) method can accurately calculate tissue deformation. However, its low speed renders it ineffective for many biomedical applications involving real-time data processing. To accelerate FE analysis, we introduce a novel tissue mechanics simulation technique. This technique is suitable for real-time estimation of tissue deformation of(More)
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