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Marion Surgical and Carleton University Secure Funding to Co-develop Simulator for Ultrasound-Robot-Guided PCNL

Ultrasound Robot-guided PCNL Simulator

Marion Surgical and Carleton University have secured $592,000 NSERC Alliance Funding to co-develop a simulator for ultrasound- Robot-Guided PCNL with the Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC).

“This partnership will develop the first-of-its-kind ultrasound-guided PCNL training simulator, with improved haptic feedback and a new collaborative human-robot framework to improve kidney access. This project holds great promise both in terms of theoretical and practical contributions and will push the boundaries of VR integrated with robotics for medical training”. Says Carlos Rossa, PhD, P.Eng Associate Professor Systems and Computer Engineering Carleton University

This collaboration has two objectives: firstly, to expand Marion’s simulator to support ultrasound images, and secondly, to explore the feasibility of the integrating the Ultra Sound, visual servoing for tool tracking, and path planning for one the first-ever implementation of a human-robot collaborative USPCNL system.

“We are thrilled to announce the expansion of Marion Surgical’s PCNL simulator, integrating ultrasound capabilities,” says Ben Sainsbury, CEO of Marion Surgical. “This enhancement opens up our product to new markets such as China and parts of Europe, who are increasingly using UL for kidney access because of concerns with radiation exposure associated with fluoroscopic imaging.”

Robot-guided Simulator

Marions platform uses real patient data with proprietary haptics that enables surgeons to learn, collaborate, practice and share procedures in a realistic, safe, cloud hosted environment. In addition to its flagship PCNL haptic simulator Marion recently has developed a new simulator for learning how to operate a surgical robotic (to be released in 2023).

The total NSERC Alliance project amount is $592,000 for a 4-year collaboration between Marion Surgical and Carleton University in collaboration with the Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC)  to develop the first-of-its-kind cyber-physical training simulator for ultrasound-guided percutaneous nephrolithotomy.

Source: Marion Surgical

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