The 6th Joint Workshop on New Technologies for Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery (CRAS) took place from 12 to 14 September at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy. The workshop gathered academicians, clinicians and representatives from industry from across Europe, with a view of discussing the latest advancements in surgical robotics and assessing how European industry-academia collaboration can be strengthened.
Imperial College’s Vany Virdyawan, a member of the EDEN2020 project team, presented his latest findings on laser Doppler based sensing for blood vessel detection with a steerable needle. The laser Doppler probe could be used as a forward-looking sensor for the EDEN2020’s needle. Using this sensor, EDEN2020’s needle would be able to exploit its steering capability to avoid undetected vessels during pre-operative imaging, thus increasing the safety of the surgical procedure.