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EPSRC Reference: GR/L53342/01
Title: COMPUTER/ROBOTIC ASSISTED OSTEOTOMY AND JOINT REPLACEMENT
Principal Investigator: Phillips, Professor R
Other Investigators:
Mohsen, Mr A Viant, Mr W Griffiths, Dr J
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Project Partners:
Hull Royal Infirmary Pre Nexus Migration
Department: Computer Science
Organisation: University of Hull
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 January 1998 Ends: 31 October 2000 Value (£): 257,110
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Robotics & Autonomy
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
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The inherently subjective nature of most current orthopaedic surgical procedures creates a number of problems which often result in a suboptimal positioning of implants or surgical correction leading to a less than satisfactory outcome of the surgery. This may necessitate revision or shortening the life span of the implant. Therefore, there is the need for smart systems in order to standardise certain techniques facililtating planned and reproducible positioning accuracy. The aim of this project is to investigate, through the development of a laboratory based demonstrator, the use of a computer-robotic system for image guided interventions to assist, initially in two orthopaedic procedures:osteotomy, a surgical fracture which is performed either to correct for deformity or to alter the stresses on a joint, and total knee replacement. The research work involves: (1) analysis of the procedures; (2) investigation/development of a computer planning and an innovative guidance system, a smart saw system through simulated surgical procedures. An integrated approach involving three institutions and two hospitals will be adopted. A successful outcome leading on from this project would be the introduction of new technologies into the operating theatre.
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