[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CFP: Special issue on "Robotics-Assisted Needle Steering" in Journal of Medical Robotics Research

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[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CFP: Special issue on "Robotics-Assisted Needle Steering" in Journal of Medical Robotics Research

Mahdi Tavakoli
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Journal of Medical Robotics Research
Robotics-Assisted Needle Steering (special issue)
Call for Paper
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The area of medical robotics has significantly grown over the past
decade to allow for the use of new robotic systems in various medical
interventions spanning surgery and therapy. Robotic systems are used
to augment and extend the capabilities of medical professionals while
also providing benefits for patients and the healthcare system.

Among the most prevalent medical procedures is percutaneous needle
insertion. This technique has become part of routine clinical practice
for tissue sampling, pinpoint drug delivery, permanent brachytherapy,
radiofrequency and microwave ablation of liver, lung, and kidney, etc.
The success of these procedures heavily relies on accurate needle
placement within an inner body target location. However, during
insertion, the needle interacts with the surrounding tissue and
deflects away from its intended trajectory, which can negatively
affect the outcomes of needle-based procedures.  To overcome this
problem, in recent years a significant research effort has been made
towards developing robotic systems to steer bevel-tipped needles under
computer control.

The purpose of this special issue is to present papers addressing
complementary aspects of robotics-assisted needle steering, ranging
from modelling needle-tissue interaction to the design, implementation
and experimental validation of robotic systems for needle steering.

The scope of this special issue includes, but is not limited to:

●        Needle modelling, tissue modelling and needle-tissue interaction
modelling;
●        Ultrasound image processing for needle and tissue visualization;
●        Alternative sensors for needle deflection measurement;
●        Path planning and feedback control for needle steering;
●        Modelling, design, and fabrication of steerable needles;
●        Steering of continuum-style robots for minimally-invasive surgery;
●        Devices for robotics-assisted needle steering;
●        MR- and CT-compatible needle insertion devices;
●        Clinical translation issues;

Important Dates:

Manuscript Due (EXTENDED): June 15, 2017
First Round of Reviews: September 1, 2017
Revisions Due: October 1, 2017
Manuscript Decisions: December 15, 2017
Publication Date: March 2018

Guest Editors:

Mahdi Tavakoli, University of Alberta, Canada
Sarthak Misra, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Arianna Menciassi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy


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Mahdi Tavakoli, PhD, PEng, MIEEE
Associate Professor, Director of Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Alberta
13-360 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
9211, 116 St NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9

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