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Final Report - PICO (Paraendoscopic Intuitive Computer assisted Operating system)

Project ID: 508231
Funded under: FP6-SME

Abstract

This is the final activity report of the PICO project. Funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), the core task of the PICO project was the development of an integrated neurosurgical system in a two-year schedule consisting of a holding device for an endoscope, an ergonomic and reliable human interface for remote control, a set of specially adapted micro instruments and a specially adapted stereo-endoscope for Neurosurgery. The vision of PICO was the combination of the benefits of microscopic systems like three-dimensional (3D) visualisation and well-suited holding concepts with the benefits of endoscopic systems, thus overcoming the drawbacks in Neurosurgery.

This specific report provides a summary of the overall project objectives and describes the final result: a fully functional demonstrator for a neurosurgical, para-endoscopic operating room system.

A consortium of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and research and technological development (RTD) performers has been founded, bringing together the know-how and the resources needed. The system developed in the PICO project was a first step towards performing an important part of all neurosurgical interventions endoscopically, thereby achieving a significantly improved view on the sites and a reduction of the operative trauma at the same time.

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