LCSR Seminar: Tim Salcudean “Ultrasound-based guidance for robot assisted prostate surgery”
The talk will present a survey of my research activities, with more detailed presentation of our guidance system for robot-assisted prostate cancer surgery. The majority of prostate cancer surgery is carried out with the da Vinci surgical system. Tracking of instruments and hand-eye calibration of this robotic system enables the overlay of pre-operative magnetic resonance imaging by registration to real-time ultrasound. This enables visualization of sub-surface anatomy and cancer. We will discuss our system design, visualization and registration approaches.
We will also discuss instrumentation for force sensing using the da Vinci Research Kit, and a new approach to teleguidance for ultrasound examinations.
Tim Salcudean is a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he holds the C.A. Laszlo Chair in Biomedical Engineering. He is cross-appointed with the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering and the Vancouver Prostate Centre. He is on the steering committee of the IPCAI conference and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Robotics Research. He is a Fellow of IEEE, MICCAI and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. His research interests are in medical robotics, medical image analysis and elastography imaging.