Robotic-assisted ultrasound for fetal imaging: Evolution from single-arm to dual-arm system

Shuangyi Wang*, James Housden, Yohan Noh, Davinder Singh, Anisha Singh, Emily Skelton, Jacqueline Matthew, Cornelius Tan, Junghwan Back, Lukas Lindenroth, Alberto Gomez, Nicolas Toussaint, Veronika Zimmer, Caroline Knight, Tara Fletcher, David Lloyd, John Simpson, Dharmintra Pasupathy, Hongbin Liu, Kaspar AlthoeferJoseph Hajnal, Reza Razavi, Kawal Rhode

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Abstract

The development of robotic-assisted extracorporeal ultrasound systems has a long history and a number of projects have been proposed since the 1990s focusing on different technical aspects. These aim to resolve the deficiencies of on-site manual manipulation of hand-held ultrasound probes. This paper presents the recent ongoing developments of a series of bespoke robotic systems, including both single-arm and dual-arm versions, for a project known as intelligent Fetal Imaging and Diagnosis (iFIND). After a brief review of the development history of the extracorporeal ultrasound robotic system used for fetal and abdominal examinations, the specific aim of the iFIND robots, the design evolution, the implementation details of each version, and the initial clinical feedback of the iFIND robot series are presented. Based on the preliminary testing of these newly-proposed robots on 42 volunteers, the successful and reliable working of the mechatronic systems were validated. Analysis of a participant questionnaire indicates a comfortable scanning experience for the volunteers and a good acceptance rate to being scanned by the robots.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Autonomous Robotic Systems - 20th Annual Conference, TAROS 2019, Proceedings
EditorsKaspar Althoefer, Jelizaveta Konstantinova, Ketao Zhang
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages27-38
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030253318
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event20th Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems Conference, TAROS 2019 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Jul 20195 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11650 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference20th Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems Conference, TAROS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period3/07/195/07/19

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Welcome Trust IEH Award [102431] and by the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering [WT203148/Z/16/Z]. The authors acknowledge financial support from the Department of Health via the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre award to Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with King's College London and King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements. This work was supported by the Welcome Trust IEH Award [102431] and by the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering [WT203148/Z/16/Z]. The authors acknowledge financial support from the Department of Health via the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre award to Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with King’s College London and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Funding Information:
Originally introduced by Gourdon et al. [9] and Arbeille et al. [10], a cage-like probe holder containing a robotic wrist was designed for abdominal examination. The configuration of this robot is unique as it does not include any translational axes, and was instead held in position manually at the region of scanning. The wrist incorporated three rotational axes with a unique remote-centre-of-motion mechanism, allowing a remote ultrasound expert to orient the probe locally. Supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), the projects TERESA [11] and ESTELE [12] have largely tested the proposed robot on transabdominal obstetrical and abdominal examinations for remote diagnosis. The OTELO project, developed by multiple partners within the European Union, utilized similar rotational mechanisms from the previous ESA-funded projects but added additional active translational axes to the design. The emphasis was on light weight and portability when used for general ultrasound examination [13, 14]. The research with this 6-DOF robot included a wide range of topics, such as teleoperation, kinematics, automatic control laws, and ergonomic control.

Publisher Copyright:
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