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Microarthroscopy System With Image Processing Technology Developed for Minimally Invasive Surgery
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Author and Affiliation:
Steele, Gynelle C.
Abstract: In a joint effort, NASA, Micro Medical Devices, and the Cleveland Clinic have developed a microarthroscopy system with digital image processing. This system consists of a disposable endoscope the size of a needle that is aimed at expanding the use of minimally invasive surgery on the knee, ankle, and other small joints. This device not only allows surgeons to make smaller incisions (by improving the clarity and brightness of images), but it gives them a better view of the injured area to make more accurate diagnoses. Because of its small size, the endoscope helps reduce physical trauma and speeds patient recovery. The faster recovery rate also makes the system cost effective for patients. The digital image processing software used with the device was originally developed by the NASA Glenn Research Center to conduct computer simulations of satellite positioning in space. It was later modified to reflect lessons learned in enhancing photographic images in support of the Center's microgravity program. Glenn's Photovoltaic Branch and Graphics and Visualization Lab (G-VIS) computer programmers and software developers enhanced and speed up graphic imaging for this application. Mary Vickerman at Glenn developed algorithms that enabled Micro Medical Devices to eliminate interference and improve the images.
Publication Date: Mar 01, 2001
Document ID:
20050199468
(Acquired Aug 12, 2005)
Subject Category: SPACE PROCESSING
Document Type: Technical Report
Publication Information: Research and Technology 2000; (NASA/TM-2001-210605)
Financial Sponsor: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH, United States
Organization Source: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH, United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DIAGNOSIS; ENDOSCOPES; IMAGE PROCESSING; MEDICAL EQUIPMENT; MICROGRAVITY; ALGORITHMS; BRIGHTNESS; COMPUTER PROGRAMS; COST EFFECTIVENESS; IMAGING TECHNIQUES
Miscellaneous Notes: See Document ID 20010048403
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