Ultrasonic Surgical Devices Driven by Piezoelectric Tubes

Li, X. , Fenu, N. G. , Cochran, S. and Lucas, M. (2021) Ultrasonic Surgical Devices Driven by Piezoelectric Tubes. In: IEEE International Ultrasonic Symposium (IUS 2021), Xi'an, China, 11-16 September 2021, ISBN 9780738112091 (doi: 10.1109/IUS52206.2021.9593462)

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Minimally invasive surgery can potentially benefit from the use of ultrasonic devices through their high precision, low force, and tissue selectivity, thus reducing morbidity, recovery time and cost. To facilitate this, miniature ultrasonic surgical tools are required, integrated with flexible surgical robots to guide them to surgical sites inside the body. This paper presents two novel designs of miniature ultrasonic surgical devices excited by a radially polarized piezoelectric tube. One configuration employs the longitudinal mode of the tube and the other uses the breathing mode in a flextensional configuration, to achieve a longitudinal motion of the blade. Experimental results show that the vibration at the tip of the blade of the cymbal end-cap (flextensional configuration) has developed a 4-6 times higher amplitude with the same excitation than the stepped horn (longitudinal configuration), demonstrating potential for using the breathing mode of the piezoelectric tube.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cochran, Professor Sandy and Li, Dr Xuan and Fenu, Dr Nicola and Lucas, Professor Margaret
Authors: Li, X., Fenu, N. G., Cochran, S., and Lucas, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Published Online:15 November 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 IEEE
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
300671Surgery enabled by ultrasonicsMargaret LucasEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/R045291/1ENG - Systems Power & Energy