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Minimally Invasive Surgery and Interventional Techniques
Department of Biomechanical Engineering - Delft University of Technology
Dr.ir. Nick van de Berg
Researcher Delft University of Technology
BioMechanical Engineering
(+31)-15-2782054 Mekelweg 2
n.j.p.vandeberg@tudelft.nl 2628 CD, Delft
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Biography

Nick van de Berg's research interests include the data-driven design of diagnostic and therapeutic interventional techniques and tools. Data can consist of any type of interactions between the instrument and tissue, including physical/mechanical, electrical and thermal interactions. Nick received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008, his M.Sc. degree in BioMedical Engineering in 2011, and his Ph.D. degree in 2016 at the Delft University of Technology. During his Ph.D., Nick developed sensorized, steerable needles for use in the diagnosis and treatment of the deep seated tissue structures of the liver. Currently, Nick is working on a post-doc in which these types of needles are evaluated in a (pre-)clinical setting, under ultrasound guidance. Here, surface echogenicity data (retroreflections of ultrasound waves) are studied to augment the local needle visibility. 

Personal pages: Research Gate - Google Scholar Linkedin

 

PhD thesis

Needle Steering Mechanics and Design Cases (oct 25, 2016)

 

Publications

  • de Jong TL, van de Berg NJ, Tas L, Dankelman J, van den Dobbelsteen JJ, "Needle placement errors: do we need steerable needles in interventional radiology?" Medical Devices: Evidence and Research. 2018. In Press.
  • van de Berg NJ, Sánchez-Margallo JA, Langø T, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ, “Compliant joint echogenicity in ultrasound images: towards highly visible steerable needles”, in SPIE Medical Imaging: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling, 105760X, pp 1-6, 2018 (SPIE).
  • van de Berg NJ, de Jong TL, van Gerwen DJ, Dankelman J, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "The influence of tip shape on bending force during needle insertion", in Sci Rep, 7:40477, pp 1-8, 2017 (Nature).
  • van de Berg NJ, Dankelman J, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "End-point accuracy in manual control of a steerable needle", in J Vasc Interv Radiol, 28(2), pp 276-283, 2017 (Elsevier).
  • Shahriari N, Roesthuis RJ, van de Berg NJ, van den Dobbelsteen JJ, Misra S. "Steering an Actuated-Tip Needle in Biological Tissue: Fusing FBG-Sensor Data and Ultrasound Images", in IEEE ICRA 2016 (IEEE Xplore).
  • Roesthuis RJ, van de Berg NJ, van den Dobbelsteen JJ, and Misra S. "Modeling and steering of a novel actuated-tip needle through a soft-tissue simulant using fiber bragg grating sensors", in IEEE ICRA 2015 (IEEE Xplore).
  • van de Berg NJ, Dankelman J, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "Design of an actively controlled steerable needle with tendon actuation and FBG-based shape sensing", in Med Eng Phys, 37(6), pp 617-22, 2015 (Elsevier).
  • van de Berg NJ, van Gerwen DJ, Dankelman J, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "Design choices in needle steering - a review", in Mechatronics IEEE/ASME T, 20(5), pp 2172-83, 2015 (IEEE Xplore).
  • van de Berg NJ, van den Dobbelsteen JJ, Jansen FW, Grimbergen CA, and Dankelman J. "Energetic soft-tissue treatment technologies: an overview of procedural fundamentals and safety factors", in Surg Endosc, 27(9), pp 3085-99, 2013 (Springer). 

Refereed conference contributions

  • van de Berg NJ, Sánchez-Margallo JA, Langø T, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ, “Compliant joint echogenicity in ultrasound images: towards highly visible steerable needles”, in SPIE Medical Imaging: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling, Houston, USA, 2018 (SPIE).
  • van de Berg NJ, Laan RC, Nout RA, "Custom-fit 3-D printed needle applicators for gynaecological brachytherapy", Design of Medical Devices Europe, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 2017.
  • van de Berg NJ, Laan RC, Nout RA, "Additive manufacturing for gynaecological brachytherapy: custom-fit applicators based on MRI data", Society for Medical Innovation and Technology, Turin, Italy, 2017.
  • van de Berg NJ, Dankelman J, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "Evaluation of manual needle steering under image guidance", Bio-Medical Engineering Conference, Edgmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, 2017.
  • [Technical Exhibition] de Jong TL, van de Berg NJ, Tas L, van den Dobbelsteen JJ, "Steerable needles in radiologic liver interventions", Questionnaire & Exhibition at CIRSE conference, Barcelona, Spain, 2016.
  • van de Berg NJ, van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "Manual control of a tip articulated needle", Joint conference:  Society for Medical Innovation and Technology & Design of Medical Devices Europe, Delft, The Netherlands, 2016.
  • Shahriari N, Roesthuis RJ, van de Berg NJ, van den Dobbelsteen JJ, Misra S. "Steering an Actuated-Tip Needle in Biological Tissue: Fusing FBG-Sensor Data and Ultrasound Images", in IEEE ICRA, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016 (IEEE Xplore).
  • van de Berg NJ, van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "Shared-control system for inserting a tip-steered needle", Society for Medical Innovation and Technology, Brno, Czech Republic, 2015.
  • van de Berg NJ, van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "A hand-held actively steered needle for percutaneous interventions", Design of Medical Devices Europe, Wiener Neustadt, Austria, 2015.
  • van de Berg NJ, Roesthuis RJ, Misra S, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "Haptic shared control of a teleoperated steerable needle", World Haptics, Chicago, USA, 2015.
  • Roesthuis RJ, van de Berg NJ, van den Dobbelsteen JJ, and Misra S. "Modeling and steering of a novel actuated-tip needle through a soft-tissue simulant using fiber bragg grating sensors", in IEEE ICRA, Seattle, USA, 2015 (IEEE Xplore).
  • van de Berg NJ, Dankelman J, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "Active needle steering with visual and haptic feedback", Bio-Medical Engineering Conference, Edgmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, 2015.
  • van de Berg NJ, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "Tip-Steered Needle", DEMO in collaboration with Arkenbout EAA, "Using Kinect with 3Gear Systems software to control a tip-steered needle". Design of Medical Devices Europe, Delft, The Netherlands, 2014.
  • van de Berg NJ, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "Closed loop control of an actively steered needle with FBG-based shape feedback", Society for Medical Innovation and Technology, Shanghai, China, 2014.
  • van de Berg NJ, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "Robot-assisted needle steering by a cable driven tip actuator", Design of Medical Devices Europe, Delft, The Netherlands, 2013.
  • van de Berg NJ, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "Validation of a new tip actuated needle steering system", Society for Medical Innovation and Technology, Baden Baden, Germany, 2013.
  • van de Berg NJ, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "The design of a robotic actuator for flexible needle steering", Bio-Medical Engineering Conference, Edgmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, 2013.
  • Gahler MC, van de Berg NJ, Rhemrev J, Jansen FW, and van den Dobbelsteen JJ. "Vaginal Approach for Uterus Separation During Laparoscopic Hysterectomy", Design of Medical Devices, Minneapolis, USA, 2010
    • Abstract in Journal of Medical Devices, 2010 4(2) - Conference Abstracts 027514 (ASME).
  • Arkenbout EA, van de Berg NJ, Visser RJ, Schutte S, van der Helm, FCT, van den Bosch WA, and Simonsz HJ. "Eyelid pressure measurements for early diagnosis", The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Fort Lauderdale, USA, 2008
    •  Abstract in Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, ARVO 2008 - E-Abstract 5265-A535 (IOVS).

Educational activities

  • Courses BSc 3mE, KT & MSc BMechE:
    • BM41050 & BM1106: Applied Experimental Methods: Medical Instruments, 2014-2018
    • WBP202: Haptic Experimental Design, 2013
    • WB1630: Statics seminars, 2013
    • KT1000WI: MATLAB (design of exam, together with Dr. Ir. Arjo Loeve), 2017-2018
  • Coaching/supervising graduate students:
    • Danny de Lange, TU Delft, expected 2018
    • Daan van Duijn, TU Delft, expected 2018
    • (committee) Ir. Job Sanders, TU Delft, 2017 (repository
    • Ir. Rianne Laan, TU Delft, 2017 (repository)
    • Jamie Erskine MSc, Uni of Glasgow, 2016
    • Ir. Jordi Hogervorst, TU Delft, 2013 (repository)
    • Ir. Ivana Nanut, TU Delft, 2013 (repository)
  • Coaching/supervising student groups (various BME minor / BSc final projects)

Media items

Demonstrators and lab set-ups

 Hand-held steerable needle

Active tip-steered needle

  • Shared control set-up

 Shared control set-up

Design choices in needle steering - a review

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