Integration of a Surgical Robotic Co-worker in an Endoscopic Neurosurgical Assistance Platform

  • Álvaro Muñoz García
  • Irene Rivas
  • Javier P. TurielEmail author
  • Víctor Muñoz
  • Juan Carlos Fraile Marinero
  • Eusebio de la Fuente
  • Jose María Sabater
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1093)


Endonasal Endoscopic Approach (EEA) is a minimally invasive technique for interventions in the skull base in which specific surgical tools and an endoscope are introduced directly through the nose and sinuses. This approach avoids scars in the patients face and reduces the recovering time compared with other techniques. However, it requires expertise and high accuracy movements, since in the operating area there are critical anatomical structures as well as displacements of the brain matter due to the change of the internal pressure during the craniotomy (brain-shift). The CRANEEAL proposal addresses the problem of developing a co-worker robotic system for minimally invasive neurosurgery, under a learning cognitive scheme. The system will provide assistance to the neurosurgeon with automatic, collaborative or shared-control behaviors, as well as providing an augmented reality environment. In this contribution we present the project fundamentals, with special detail in the functional and integration aspects of the surgical co-worker robot that provides autonomous assistance to the surgeon during the intervention.


Surgical robotics Neurosurgery Endoscopic surgery Cooperative systems Mechatronics 



This work has been partially supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under project DPI2016-80391-R.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Álvaro Muñoz García
    • 1
  • Irene Rivas
    • 2
  • Javier P. Turiel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Víctor Muñoz
    • 2
  • Juan Carlos Fraile Marinero
    • 1
  • Eusebio de la Fuente
    • 1
  • Jose María Sabater
    • 3
  1. 1.ITAP, Universidad de ValladolidValladolidSpain
  2. 2.Escuela de Ingenierías IndustrialesUniversidad de MálagaMálagaSpain
  3. 3.Escuela Politécnica Superior de Elche, U. Miguel HernándezElche, AlicanteSpain

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