Stereotactic neurosurgery involves a technique that can locate surgical targets using an external positioning system. It is one of the treatments to a variety of movement and neuropsychiatric disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. Ziyan has developed a robot that is incorporated with magnetic resonance-safe actuation, wireless tracking technique, and intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging for bilateral neuro-stereotaxy. It allows for shorter procedural time and optimized workflow, as surgeons could accurately control and evaluate the stereotactic manipulation bilaterally to the left and right brain targets in real-time.
About Ziyan Guo
Ziyan is a robotics scientist focused on innovating robotic devices for interventions requiring magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance, e.g. stereotactic neurosurgery, and cardiac catheterization. She received B.Eng in vehicle engineering from Tsinghua University and pursued PhD in surgical robotics in IRIS group under the supervision of Dr. Ka-Wai Kwok at The University of Hong Kong. Her work was recognised in several prestigious awards, including Best Conference Paper Award in ICRA’18 (the largest robotics conference), First Place Prize Paper Award in TPEL 2017, and Best Live Demonstration Prize in Surgical Robot Challenge 2016.