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Computer Integrated Dynamic Scalpel (CIDS)

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2005 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
QorTek, Inc.
1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205 Williamsport, PA 17701-1251
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Computer Integrated Dynamic Scalpel (CIDS)
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-06-C-0015
Award Amount: $98,778.00


Qortek in collaboration with Penn State - Hershey Medical School and Verefi Technologies, a surgical simulation tool provider, proposes computer Integrated Dynamic Scalpel (CIDS) that allows recording of surgeons' endoscope motion during a surgical procedure. The dynamic scalpel comprises various smart sensors embedded for real-time displacement, gyroscopic and acceleration measurements, which are transmitted wirelessly to a central surgeon database or to a surgical control room. Rigid body dynamic models, motion compensation algorithms, data reduction techniques are developed and used to reduce this data to surgical tool - tissue interaction models. This information can be shared for; trainee to improve his/her surgical skill, assess post surgical outcomes, plan future surgical procedures and send the information to a robot to repeat similar surgical procedures. The dynamic scalpel information can also be sent over the Internet to across the world so a medic to treat a wounded soldier can follow the exact surgical procedure. The information can be compiled for virtual human physiology database. As a final outcome of Phase I, CIDS is integrated to OR surgical procedures. CIDS approach can be followed for many surgical tools and robots to yield a Computer Aided Surgical Systems and Technology (CASST).

Principal Investigator:

Alex Freeman
Vice President

Business Contact:

Cathy A. Brooke
Chief Financial Officer
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1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205 Williamsport, PA 17701

EIN/Tax ID: 232954664
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No