A robotically steered electrode for tumor ablation

Year 2010
Project team Alexander Slocum with Rajiv Gupta, Nobuhiko Hata, and Conor Walsh

Precision performance

Conventional thermal ablation for treating cancer is limited in precision and configurability as straight needle-like electrodes are manually inserted through the skin and into a tumor in the body. This project will develop a robotically steered electrode that can perform many small ablations in precise three-dimensional locations by moving the electrode tip within the tumor. This will extend the use of thermal ablation as a minimally invasive technique for treating cancer; thus eliminating the need for open or laparoscopic surgery for some patients.