Modeling Surgical Tool Selection Patterns as a "Traveling Salesman Problem" for Optimizing a Modular Surgical Tool System

@article{Nelson2008ModelingST,
  title={Modeling Surgical Tool Selection Patterns as a "Traveling Salesman Problem" for Optimizing a Modular Surgical Tool System},
  author={Carl A. Nelson and David J. Miller and Dmitry Oleynikov},
  journal={Studies in health technology and informatics},
  year={2008},
  volume={132},
  pages={322-6}
}
As modular systems come into the forefront of robotic telesurgery, streamlining the process of selecting surgical tools becomes an important consideration. This paper presents a method for optimal queuing of tools in modular surgical tool systems, based on patterns in tool-use sequences, in order to minimize time spent changing tools. The solution approach… CONTINUE READING