On 25 October, Nick van de Berg received his doctorate for his research entitled Needle steering mechanics and design cases. Delta published his research online in the article ‘Into the flesh’.
For his dissertation, Nick studied the possibility of developing a steerable needle and finding answers for fundamental and practical design issues and the experimental validation of the design of this kind of needle. In doing so, he focused on three questions: ‘how can I manipulate instrument–tissue interaction in such a way that I can steer my needle according to a predetermined path?’ ‘What would a steerable needle consequently have to look like?’ “How do I evaluate the functionality of such a needle?’ Nick is currently working on a Postdoc-research at 3mE’s MISIT lab where he is conducting further research on the functionality of the needle in cooperation with Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. Of course, a number of important steps still need to be taken before a steerable needle can be used in practice. Nick is working enthusiastically to reach that point.
Read the article in Delta here.