A new soft-tissue indentation model for estimating circular indenter 'force-displacement' characteristics

Al-Ja'afreh, T., Zweiri, Y., Seneviratne, L. and Althoefer, K. (2008) A new soft-tissue indentation model for estimating circular indenter 'force-displacement' characteristics. Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Proceedings. Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 222(1), 805 - 815. ISSN (print) 0954-4119

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Abstract

Models that predict soft-tissue indentation forces have many important applications including estimation of interaction forces, palpation simulation, disease diagnosis, and robotic assistance. In many medical applications such as rehabilitation, clinical palpation, and manipulation of organs, characterizing soft-tissue properties mainly depends on the accurate estimation of indentation forces. A new indentation model for estimating circular indenter 'force-displacement' characteristics is presented in this paper. The proposed model is motivated by a 'force-displacement' soil-tool model and is computationally efficient. The main feature of the proposed model is that it can be used to predict the force variations for a variety of tools without the need for retuning the model parameters for each tool. A six-degree-of-freedom robot manipulator with force and position sensors is used to validate the indentation model. Measured force versus tool displacement data for lamb liver and kidney, for a variety of tool diameters, are presented and compared with the forces predicted by the model, showing good agreement (RMS error < 8 per cent).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: soft-tissue properties, indentation testing, indentation modelling
Research Area: Allied health professions and studies
Mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing > School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering
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Depositing User: Davina Omar
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 12:03
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2014 12:03
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/29434

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