Metal MEMS tools for beating-heart tissue removal

@article{Gosline2012MetalMT,
  title={Metal MEMS tools for beating-heart tissue removal},
  author={Andrew H. C. Gosline and Nikolay V. Vasilyev and Arun Veeramani and MingTing Wu and Gregory P. Schmitz and Richard T. Chen and Veaceslav Arabagi and Pedro J. del Nido and Pierre E. Dupont},
  journal={2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation},
  year={2012},
  pages={1921-1926}
}
A novel robotic tool is proposed to enable the surgical removal of tissue from inside the beating heart. The tool is manufactured using a unique metal MEMS process that provides the means to fabricate fully assembled devices that incorporate micron-scale features in a millimeter scale tool. The tool is integrated with a steerable curved concentric tube robot that can enter the heart through the vasculature. Incorporating both irrigation and aspiration, the tissue removal system is capable of… CONTINUE READING
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