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WHERE ENGINEERING MEETS NEUROSURGERY

 

In 2015, the Brain Tool Laboratory was established by Dr. Patrick Codd as a collaboration between the Department of Neurosurgery and the Pratt School of Engineering.


Since that time, engineers and neurosurgeons have worked together to tackle some of the most difficult problems facing the surgical community. Fostering a true atmosphere of collaboration, the Brain Tool Laboratory is in a unique position to bring about significant change to the field of surgical robotics. Through a careful examination of surgical operations, researchers approach each problem by stripping away the physical and mental constraints imposed by decades of traditional surgical methodology.


In this manner, the Brain Tool Laboratory is able to advance the field of surgical robotics while keeping patient benefit and overall device value as its highest priorities.

 
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RESEARCH & DISCOVERIES

Current Areas of Study

 
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SURGICAL ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION

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SPECTRAL TISSUE CLASSIFICATION

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SURGICAL INSTRUMENT TRACKING

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SENSOR FUSION

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COMPUTER VISION

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AUGMENTED REALITY

 
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PEOPLE

Fielding the strongest team in translational surgical robotics research

 
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PATRICK CODD, M.D.

Lab Director
Neurosurgery Faculty
patrick.codd@dm.duke.edu

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WES ROSS, PHD.

Post Doc
Lab Manager
weston.ross@duke.edu

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GUANGSHEN MA

Engineer
PhD Candidate
guangshen.ma@duke.edu

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MATT TUCKER, PHD.

Research Advisor

Tech Transfer Advisor

matthew.b.tucker@duke.edu

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IAN HILL

Engineer
PhD Candidate
ian.hill160@duke.edu

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DOMINIC DAWES

Engineer
Graduate Student
dominic.dawes@duke.edu

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MATTHEW LACAYO, M.S.

Engineer
Research Fellow
matthew.lacayo@duke.edu

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ASHUTOSH RAMAN

Engineer
Woo Research Fellow, MS Student
ashutosh.raman@duke.edu

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TANNER ZACHEM

Engineer
Woo Research Fellow, Undergrad
tanner.zachem@duke.edu

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LUIZA WOLF

Engineer
Undergrad
luiza.wolf@duke.edu

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SURAJ DHULIPALLA

Engineer

Undergrad
suraj.dhulipalla@duke.edu

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SHERVIN RAHIMPOUR, M.D.

Researcher
Neurosurgery Resident
shervin.rahimpour@duke.edu

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ANDREW CUTLER, M.D.

Researcher
Neurosurgery Resident
andrew.cutler@duke.edu

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CHRISTINE PARK

Researcher
Medical Student
christine.park@duke.edu

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Select BTL Publications

PUBLISHED WORK

 
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A NOVEL LASER SCALPEL SYSTEM FOR COMPUTER-ASSISTED LASER SURGERY

Laser scalpels are utilized across a variety of surgical and dermatological procedures due to their precision

and non-contact nature. This paper presents a novel laser scalpel system for superficial laser therapy applications. The

system integrates a RGB-D camera, a 3D triangulation sensor and a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser scalpel for computer-assisted

laser surgery. To accurately ablate targets chosen from the color image, a 3D extrinsic calibration method between the RGB-D camera frame and the laser coordinate system is implemented.

Ma, G., Ross, W., Hill, I., Narasimhan, N., & Codd, P.J., 2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (pp. 386-392).

Get Paper Here

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CONTACT US

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919-681-2610

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