Student working on a research project.

Design Of An Improved Endoscopic Introducer For Brain Surgery

Endoscopic approaches to brain surgery can be used to diagnose and treat brain cysts, brain tumors, and hydrocephalus. The type of neuroendoscopy chosen depends on the condition or problem. There are 3 types of neuroendoscpoy approaches, endoscopic surgery, endoscopic assisted surgery, and endoscopic directed surgery. These require endoscope insertion for visualization of anatomical structures within the body. The endoscopic introducer is inserted during surgery to allow the endoscope and other instruments to be inserted into the brain. Although the purpose of using an endoscope is to minimize damage and trauma to the brain, there are several challenges associated with endoscopic brain surgery and the current endoscopic introducer. The goal of this research project is to improve the current endoscopic introducer sheath device in order to allow safer and easier access to the fluid space for patients undergoing brain surgery. The final product design will be a redesign of the current endoscopic introducer currently used by the neurosurgeons at Gates Vascular Institute.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Bimedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Student Skill-Set Needed: Bimedical Engineering, SolidWorks Ansys
Compensation: Academic Credit
Available: Fall, Spring


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Ciprian N Ionita
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Office: 8052 CTRC
Phone: 7168295413