Spinal Probe with Tactile Force Feedback and Pedicle Breach Prediction
A spinal probe (10) comprises a handle (18), a shaft (20) coupled to the handle and a force sensor (14) to detect forces applied to a tip of the shaft. A controller that executes a predictive algorithm to predict whether or not the tip of the shaft is going to breach a cortex of a pedicle based on the detected forces. The controller may be embedded within the spinal probe or external within a computer or other device coupled to the probe by a data acquisition component.
POMMER TIMOTHY J [US]; POLLY DAVID W JR [US]; NUCKLEY DAVID J [US]; GUSTAFSON EVAN M [US]; LEDONIO CHARLES GERALD TAN [US]; ERDM
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