Capsule for keyhole surgery a proxy for surgeon's sense of touch

10/16/2013 | MedicalXpress.com

The increasing use of so-called keyhole surgery is depriving surgeons of the ability to take advantage of the sense of touch they use in open surgery. However, a small, sensor-laden wireless capsule developed at Vanderbilt University provides something similar. Surgeons can guide the capsule with a laparoscope and press it against internal surfaces to get feedback on a computer screen indicating local stiffness.

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