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Novel Pneumatic Device for High Speed Needle Insertion in Brachytherapy

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Jason Z. Moore

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering,
The Pennsylvania State University

Patrick McLaughlin

Department of Radiation Oncology,
The University of Michigan Hospital

Manuscript received March 15, 2013; final manuscript received April 26, 2013; published online July 3, 2013. Assoc. Editor: Arthur G. Erdman.

J. Med. Devices 7(3), 030945 (Jul 03, 2013) (2 pages) Paper No: MED-13-1117; doi: 10.1115/1.4024513 History: Received March 15, 2013; Revised April 26, 2013

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Illustration of parallel tissue cutting and resulting misplacement of radiation seed in prostate brachytherapy

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Pneumatic needle insertion device

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Needle insertion apparatus and pneumatic insertion device

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Fig. 4

Maximum needle insertion force during manual insertion, at 345 kPa, and 690 kPa

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Fig. 5

Tissue box deflection created from 142 mm of needle insertion during manual and high speed pneumatic insertion

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