A Drilling Technology Sensing Interaction with Cut Mediums to Discriminate Behaviour and Properties of Mediums Ahead on the Tool Path

  • P. N. Brett
  • X. Du
  • S. Wilde


An innovative tactile approach to automatically detect mediums and underlying structures ahead on a cutting tool path has been implemented in surgery. In this paper a description of a mechatronic approach to surgery is described and shows the merits of the approach. This is supplemented by evidence of suitability of the method to a wider range of mediums and applications outside of surgical application.


Smart drilling robot Interfaces Surgical Ceramic Medium guided 


  1. 1.
    Taylor, R.P., X. Du, D.W. Proops, A.P. Reid, C. Coulson, and P.N. Brett. 2008. A sensory-guided surgical micro-drill. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science 224 (7): 1531–1537.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    James, C., K. Albegger, R. Battmer, S. Burdo, N. Deggouj, O. Deguine, et al. 2005. Preservation of residual hearing with cochlear implantation: How and why. Acta Oto-Laryngologica 125 (5): 481–491.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Zou, J., P. Bretlau, I. Pyykkö, J. Starck, and E. Toppila. 2001. Sensorineural hearing loss after vibration: An animal model for evaluating prevention and treatment of inner ear hearing loss. Acta Oto-Laryngologica 121 (2): 143–148.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Coulson, C.J., M. Zoka Assadi, R.P. Taylor, X. Du, P.N. Brett, A.P. Reid, and D.W. Proops. 2013. A smart micro-drill for cochleostomy formation: A comparison of cochlear disturbances with manual drilling and a human trial. Cochlear Implants International 14 (2): 98–106.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Southern QueenslandQueenslandAustralia
  2. 2.Brunel UniversityLondonUK
  3. 3.MoDLondonUK

Personalised recommendations