Dr. Stoianovici’s work focuses on building image-guided robots to perform precise biopsies and therapies. His research is experimentally oriented and includes extensive hands-on expertise in computer-controlled manufacturing and software development for image-guided navigation.
The URobotics Program (Urology Robotics) was established in 1996 with the purpose of advancing the technology used in urology. The integrated, multi-disciplinary team of students, engineers and clinicians collaborate with other departments at Johns Hopkins departments (primarily radiology) as well as other domestic and international groups. The URobotics lab specializes in the development of surgical robotic systems, particularly robotics for image-guided intervention (IGI). Besides urology, the instruments and systems created in the lab apply to other medical fields, especially interventional radiology. Two things make the lab unique: First, the unusual interdisciplinary partnership of engineering and urology and second, the complex manufacturing equipment, which is rarely seen in research laboratories. The close relationship of design and manufacturing allows for a short feedback cycle and more advanced designs and final products.
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Stoianovici D, Kim C, Srimathveeravalli G, Sebrecht P, Petrisor D, Coleman J, Solomon S, Hricak H. "MRI-safe robot for transrectal prostate biopsy." IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. 2014;(99). Ahead of print.
Kaye DR, Stoianovici D, Han M: Robotic ultrasound and needle guidance for prostate cancer management: review of the contemporary literature, Current Opinion in Urology. Jan 2014; Vol.24(1) pp.75-80; PMCID:24257431
Srimathveeravalli G, Kim C, Petrisor D, Ezell P, Coleman J, Hricak H, Solomon SB, Stoianovici D. "MRI-safe robot for targeted transrectal prostate biopsy: Animal experiments." British Journal of Urology International. 2013 Oct 10.
Garg A, Siauw T, Berenson D, Cunha JAM, Hsu IC, Pouliot J, Stoianovici D, Goldberg K. "Robot-guided open-loop insertion of skew-line needle arrangements for high dose rate brachytherapy." IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. 2013 Oct;10(4):948-956.
Kim C, Chang D, Petrisor D, Chirikjian G, Han M, Stoianovici D. "Ultrasound probe and needle-guide calibration for robotic ultrasound scanning and needle targeting." IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. 2013 Jun;60(6):1728-1734.
Stoianovici D, Kim C, Schäfer F, Huang C-M, Zuo Y, Petrisor D, Han M. "Endocavity ultrasound probe manipulators." IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. 2013 Jun;18(3):914-921.
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Pneumatic Stepper Motor.
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Device and Method for Medical Training and Evaluation.
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Vertebral Body Reduction Instrument and Methods Related Thereto.
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Rotating Needle Driver and Apparatuses and Methods Related Thereto.
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Cohesive Robot-Ultrasound Probe for Prostate Biopsy.
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Vertebral Osteotomy Saw Guide
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