Photoacoustic image guidance for robot-assisted skull base surgery

@article{Kim2015PhotoacousticIG,
  title={Photoacoustic image guidance for robot-assisted skull base surgery},
  author={Sungmin Kim and Hyun-Jae Kang and Alexis Cheng and Muyinatu A. Lediju Bell and Emad Boctor and Peter Kazanzides},
  journal={2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)},
  year={2015},
  pages={592-597}
}
We are investigating the use of photoacoustic (PA) imaging to detect critical structures, such as the carotid artery, that may be located behind the bone being drilled during robot-assisted endonasal transsphenoidal surgery. In this system, the laser is mounted on the drill (via an optical fiber) and the 2D ultrasound (US) probe is placed elsewhere on the skull. Both the drill and the US probe are tracked relative to the patient reference frame. PA imaging provides two advantages compared to… 

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