Miniature Endoscopic Imaging
Overall objective is to expand the applications of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy to areas currently considered unreachable. This project utilizes Canon's strong expertise in innovative imaging and optics solutions and is focused on developing an ultra thin, human hair size, high resolution endoscope that will produce three dimensional images, while enabling direct visualization of 'hard to see' anatomies.
Additionally, a parallel project is focusing on the ability of an endoscope to maneuver through small anatomical spaces by developing robotic multipoint motion. This technology allows to control and navigate, on demand, an endoscope tethered to a console for application in neurosurgery, orthopedics, and laryngoscopyi ii.
[i] Takahisa Kato, Ichiro Okumura, Hidekazu Kose, Kiyoshi Takagi, Nobuhiko Hata. Tendon-driven continuum robot for neuroendoscopy: validation of extended kinematic mapping for hysteresis operation, International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, pp 1-14, First online: 17 October 2015
[ii] Takahisa Kato, Ichiro Okumura, Sang-Eun Song, Alexandra J. Golby, and Nobuhiko Hata, Tendon-Driven Continuum Robot for Endoscopic Surgery: Preclinical Development and Validation of a Tension Propagation Model, IEEE/ASME TRANSACTIONS ON MECHATRONICS, VOL. 20, NO. 5, OCTOBER 2015.