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Computer-Assisted Endomicroscopic Surgery

  • Takayuki Ohira
  • Masato Ochiai
  • Takeshi Kawase
  • Masatoshi Wada
  • Katsushige Nakamura
Conference paper

Summary

Conventional neuroendoscopic surgery using a stereotaxic frame has two important problems: difficulty of holding the lenscope and loss of orientation. To solve these problems, we developed a new type of endoscopic surgery, computer-assisted endomicroscopic surgery. Computer-assisted endomicroscopic surgery was performed using the “navigated endomicroscope,” consisting of a lenscope, a neuronavigation system, and a mechanical holding system. A three-dimensional (3-D) video system is also available. The motion of the system is smooth, and the endoscope can easily be set at any position and to any direction and also held very firmly. The position of the endoscope in the brain was continuously monitored throughout the operations. This configuration resembles a small system of a microscope equipped with neuronavigation. We believe the endomicroscope provides one means of minimally invasive neurosurgery.

Key words

Neuroendoscope Neuronavigation Minimally invasive neurosurgery Computer-assisted neurosurgery Mechanical holding system 3-D endoscope 

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© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Takayuki Ohira
    • 1
  • Masato Ochiai
    • 1
  • Takeshi Kawase
    • 1
  • Masatoshi Wada
    • 2
  • Katsushige Nakamura
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryKeio UniversityShinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160Japan
  2. 2.Mitaka Kohki Co., Ltd.Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181Japan

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