Thomas C. Kienzle

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Robotic systems for computer-assisted surgery involve both tools and techniques that are new to the surgical arena. Registration and immobilization in particular are key problems. Registration is the spatial alignment of the coordinate frames of the robot, an anatomic object (e.g., a bone), and the preoperative plan (a computer model). Immobilization is(More)
We are developing a robotic system to assist a surgeon in placing spinal pedicle screws. While several groups have undertaken such systems, our approach differs in that it endeavors to remain as close to current clinical technique as possible, yet achieve stereotactic accuracy. This paper describes the conventional surgical methodology, justifies the need(More)
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the leading cause of hospitalization due to respiratory illness among infants and young children of industrialized countries. There is a lack of understanding of the severe disease mechanisms as well as limited treatment options, none of which are fully satisfactory. This is partly due to lack of a relevant animal model(More)
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