This thesis presents a new camera system designed for video assisted thoracic surgery. The system allows for multiple cameras, fits within a single incision, and allows for manipulation of the cameras field-of-view once inside the patient. The mechanical design of the system is based on a Bowden cable flexible endoscope driven by stepper motors. The electronic design is built using commodity, off-the-shelf hardware for a disposable, single-use device which could be sterilized at the factory during production. Additionally, the software of the system allows for automatic camera tracking of a surgical instrument tagged with tape in a color not typically present in a human body. The system was evaluated by an experienced surgeon in a mock clinical session.
|Commitee:||Engel, George, Noble, Brad|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 58/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Engineering, Electrical engineering|
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