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VISE affiliated lab: Computer-Assisted Otologic Surgery (CAOS)

Posted by on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015.

Robert F. Labadie, MD, PhD

Robert F. Labadie, MD, PhD

Written by professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Robert F. Labadie, MD, PhD and ME PhD student Neal Dillon

The aim of the Computer-Assisted Otologic Surgery (CAOS) lab is to develop novel methods and tools to improve otologic surgery. Our multi-disciplinary team consists of members with both surgical and engineering backgrounds and expertise in Otolaryngology, Audiology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science. We use a variety of medical image analysis, image-guidance and robotic techniques in an effort to decrease the invasiveness of surgery, make surgical procedures safer, and improve patient outcomes. Some of our current projects include: minimally-invasive cochlear implantation surgery, cochlear implant programming based on medical image analysis, assessment of electrode placement and audiological outcomes in cochlear implant patients, robot-assisted bone milling for inner ear access, patient-specific modeling and planning for robotic surgery, natural orifice middle ear endoscopy, and thermal monitoring of surgical procedures.

The CAOS lab is affiliated with VISE which includes ten technical laboratories spanning three engineering departments (Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and the Otolaryngology department as well as clinical departments that include Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Radiology, Otolaryngology, Hearing and Speech, Oncology, Gastroenterology, Surgical and Radiological Oncology, Ophthalmology, Urology, and Thoracic Surgery.

To learn more about CAOS, review the video below:

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Rene Gifford, seated, along with Benoit Dawant, left, Robert Labadie, right, and Jack Noble work on a research project about reprogramming existing Cochlear implants.

Rene Gifford, seated, along with VISE affiliates Benoit Dawant, left, Robert Labadie, right, and Jack Noble work on a research project about reprogramming existing Cochlear implants.


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