Current sensing for navigated electrosurgery: Proof of concept

K. Carter, A. Lasso, T. Ungi, E. Morin, G. Fichtinger

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Abstract

PURPOSE: Tracked power-tools are routinely used in computer-assisted intervention and surgical systems. In order to properly perform temporal and spatial monitoring of the tracked tool with the navigation system, it is important to know when the tool, such as an electrosurgical cauterizer, is being activated during surgery. We have developed a general purpose current sensor that can be augmented to tracked surgical devices in order to inform the surgeon and the navigation system when the tool is activated. METHODS: Two non-invasive AC current sensors, two peak detector circuits, one voltage comparator circuit, and a microcontroller were used to detect when an electrosurgical cauterizer is being powered on and differentiate between the cut and coagulation modes. The system was tested by cauterizing various substances at varied power ratings. RESULTS: By comparing the ratio of amplitudes as well as the frequencies of the signals, the current sensing system is able to differentiate between on/off, cut/coagulation, as well as when cauterizer tissue. DISCUSSION: The current sensing system is able to detect when the cauterizer is being powered on and can differentiate between monopolar cut and coagulation modes. CONCLUSION: This system shows promise for detecting when the cauterizer is being powered on and in the future could be integrated with a navigation system in order to easily temporally monitor the electrosurgical tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2016: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling
PublisherSPIE
Volume9786
ISBN (Electronic)9781510600218
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Imaging 2016: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling - San Diego, United States
Duration: Feb 28 2016Mar 1 2016

Other

OtherMedical Imaging 2016: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period2/28/163/1/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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