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ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics

    Optimal Concentric Tube Robot Design for Safe Intracerebral Hemorrhage Removal

    Abstract

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the optimal geometrical design of concentric tube robots (CTR) for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) evacuation, with a focus on minimizing the risk of damaging white matter tracts and cerebral arteries. Methods: To achieve our objective, we propose a parametrization method describing a general class of CTR geometric designs. We present mathematical models that describe the CTR design constraints and provide the calculation of a path risk value. We then use the genetic algorithm to determine the optimal tube geometry for targeting within the brain. Results: Our results show that a multi-tube CTR design can significantly reduce the risk of damaging critical brain structures compared to the conventional straight tube design. However, there is no significant relationship between the path risk value and the number and shape of the additional inner curved tubes. Conclusion: Considering the challenges of CTR hardware design, fabrication, and control, we conclude that the most feasible geometry for a CTR path in ICH treatment is a straight outer tube followed by a planar curved inner tube. These findings have important implications for the development of safe and effective CTRs for ICH evacuation by enabling dexterous manipulation to minimize damage to critical brain structures.

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