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Ophthalmology

02 Ophthalmology

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Ophthalmology is a field in a continuous state of evolution as new technologies improve current procedures, but also allow new therapies to be developed that address disorders previously considered incurable. This project contains three interrelated projects that will demonstrate near-term improved 3D stereoscopic navigation procedures, longer-term biomechanical models for use in aiding surgical treatments, and long term advanced surgical systems that will consider retinal therapies.
Work Packages
WP 1 – Wireless Magnetic Intraocular Microrobots

This work package entails the development of sub-millimeter sized microrobotic agents for use in ophthalmic surgery. The device’s small size and wireless actuation through magnetic fields enable it to be used for minimally invasive procedures on the delicate structures of the eye.
Project partners: – Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH Zurich

WP 2 – Cornea Biomechanics

Procedures such as LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) often rely on empirical data for determining parameters such as depth and location of the incision, for each specific patient. This work package aims at better understanding and modeling of the cornea to enable optimizing the visual outcome of a procedure along with facilitating development of new techniques such as corneal implants.
Project partners: – University of Bern, Institute for Surgical Technology & Biomechanics

WP 3 – Advanced 3D Stereoscopic Navigation for Intraocular Treatment Procedures

Visualizations of the interior of the eye is often limited to monoscopic views creating challenges in localization of features for retinal laser photocoagulation as well as mobile microrobotic control. This work package investigates advanced planning/navigation systems for proton beam radiotherapy and stereoscopic imaging methods for providing better feedback to doctors.
Project partners: – University of Bern, ARTORG Center

Project Coordination
Project Leader: – Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH Zurich

Last update on 2009-05-19.
Last update 2009-09-14

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