They were so shaky today. If only there was some sort of equipment to quantify that and show them how to improve.
We need to find a way to measure the drift! That way, we will have a way to train, assess, and screen practicing surgeons.
The Goose will utilize motion analysis to assess surgical skill; an electromagnetic tracking system (an IMU cased in an enclosure) will be attached with Velcro to a laparoscopic needle driver. This prototype will measure the steadiness of the surgeon's hand during suturing procedures.
Tracking device will determine the position and movements of the surgeon's hand
Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) *Accelerometer *Gyroscope *Magnetometer
Prototype will be attached to the laparoscopic needle driver via three rings protruding from the surface of the 3D-printed enclosure. These circular attachments stabilize the enclosure on the instrument.
A closer look...
Arduino Uno will provide the connection between IMU and the power source (computer)