Towards Waterjet Steerable Needles

Towards Waterjet Steerable Needles

This paper measured the waterjet needle's insertion forces and compared them with a traditional needle with no waterjet running through. It is shown that incorporating waterjet reduces the insertion force and thus buckling of the needle. The contributors for this project are Mahdieh Babaiasl, and Fan Yang under the supervision of Dr. John P. Swensen. Abstract of the Paper Towards Waterjet Steerable Needles Water-jet technology has been used extensively for decades industrially for many applications including mining, plastic, metal, stone, wood, and produce cutting. The use of water-jet in medical applications has been developed more recently and it is used…
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Fracture-Directed Steerable Needles

Fracture-Directed Steerable Needles

Our paper entitled "Fracture-Directed Steerable Needles" is published in the Journal of Medical Robotics Research. The authors of this manuscript are Fan Yang, Mahdieh Babaiasl, and John Swensen. Abstract of the "Fracture-Directed Steerable Needles" Steerable needles hold the promise of improving the accuracy of both therapies and biopsies as they are able to steer to a target location around obstructions, correct for disturbances, and account for movement of internal organs. However, their ability to make late-insertion corrections has always been limited by the lower bound on the attainable radius of curvature. This project involves a new class of steerable needle…
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How to Perform an Effective Peer Review

How to Perform an Effective Peer Review

Are you invited to do a peer review for a journal or conference? Are you wondering how to write the review or where to start it? If you have any of these questions you are at the right place. Doing a peer review is a great responsibility. You are responsible to give your unbiased opinion on an article to keep scientific community from false findings and inaccurate research while at the same time promoting legitimate good research that are fruits of years of countless hours at lab, discouragements, tears, and perseverance. How Does Peer Review Work The author submits the…
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Predictive mechanics-based model for depth of cut (DOC) of waterjet in soft tissue for waterjet-assisted medical applications

Predictive mechanics-based model for depth of cut (DOC) of waterjet in soft tissue for waterjet-assisted medical applications

Our new paper entitled "Predictive mechanics-based model for depth-of-cut (DOC) of waterjet in soft tissue for waterjet-assisted medical applications" is recently accepted to be published in Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing journal and is now online at the following address: Click HERE! This paper solves the fundamental physics problem of the interaction of the waterjet with the surrounding soft tissue for waterjet-assisted cutting in medical and surgical applications. Mahdieh Babaiasl, Stefano Bocelli, Yao Chen, and Fan Yang conducted this research under the supervision of Dr. John P. Swensen, and Dr. Jow-Lian Ding.  Watch a short video of the experiments below:…
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Mahdieh Babaiasl Was an Invited Speaker to WSU’s Seminar Series

Mahdieh Babaiasl Was an Invited Speaker to WSU’s Seminar Series

On Nov. 2019, Mahdieh Babaiasl was invited to give a talk on Waterjet Steerable Needles at WSU's Seminar Series at Tri-Cities Campus. The topic of the talk was "Waterjet-assisted Needle Steering to be Used for Medical Applications". The abstract of the talk Steerable needle technology has the promise of improving outcomes by enhancing the accuracy of different therapies and biopsies, as they can be steered to a target location around obstacles. Achieving small radius of curvature and being able to control both radius of curvature and tip travel are of paramount importance in steerable needles to accomplish the increase in…
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Mahdieh Babaiasl Attended 2019 Academic Showcase at WSU

Mahdieh Babaiasl Attended 2019 Academic Showcase at WSU

Mahdieh Babaiasl participated in annual 2019 Research Expo held by Washington State University. At this Expo Researchers present their research to the general public and researchers from different disciplines. In this event, Mahdieh presented her research on Waterjet Steerable Needles that received quite attention from the audience. Poster of the Event: Abstract of the Proposal: Water-jet technology has recently been used in medical applications such as surgery for dissection of organs, dentistry, bone cutting, and wound debridement. Measuring, and controlling depth of cut of water-jet is important for medical applications. For example, in surgical applications using water-jet, selective cutting is…
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Mahdieh Babaiasl Was Chosen to Represent MME Department at WSU’s 3 Minute Research Competition

Mahdieh Babaiasl Was Chosen to Represent MME Department at WSU’s 3 Minute Research Competition

Mahdieh Babaiasl have been chosen to represent Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department at WSU's 2019 3 minute research competition. Abstract of the proposal for the competition is as follows: Water-jet technology has recently been used in medical applications such as surgery for dissection of organs, dentistry, bone cutting, and wound debridement. Measuring, and controlling depth of cut of water-jet is important for medical applications. For example, in surgical applications using water-jet, selective cutting is a must, and water-jet should cut the desired layer and should not go further, and this requirement dictates a predictive model for it. We have experimentally…
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WSU INSIDER Featured Mahdieh Babaiasl

WSU INSIDER Featured Mahdieh Babaiasl

WSU INSIDER featured Mahdieh Babaiasl's research on Frature-directed Waterjet Steerable Needles. The featured article is titled as "Cutting-edge needles promise more accuracy in medical procedures" and interviewed graduate students Mahdieh Babaiasl, and Fan Yang who conduct research on Steerable Needles under the supervision of Dr. John Swensen. The researchers, including John Swensen and graduate students Mahdieh Babaiasl and Fan Yang, test their waterjet-based, steerable needles that could improve accuracy and control and reduce tissue damage for many common, non-invasive medical procedures. To read the full article please CLICK HERE! You can see the other posts on the Mecharithm News, and…
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Mahdieh Babaiasl Featured on DailyEvergreen

Mahdieh Babaiasl Featured on DailyEvergreen

Mahdieh Babaiasl is featured on an article entitled "Researchers develop new needle" on the DailyEvergreen. In this interview, she talked about her research on waterjet steerable needles in which the direction of the tissue fracture is controlled by angled waterjet nozzle with subsequent following of the superelastic needle. Continuing this process will lead to steering of the needle to the target. To read more please Click HERE! You can see the other posts on Mecharithm News, and waterjet steerable needles in the links below: https://www.mecharithm.com/category/news/ https://www.mecharithm.com/category/needles/ If you enjoyed this post, please consider contributing to help us with the website's…
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Mahdieh Babaiasl Received SWE’s Registration Grant

Mahdieh Babaiasl Received SWE’s Registration Grant

Mahdieh Babaiasl received Registration Grant to attend Society of Women Engineer (SWE)'s Annual conference (we18) held at Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2018. She has been featured in the following video (see 0:17): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utByKRlw7lw&feature=youtu.be Here are some of the photos and videos of the held conference: https://www.mecharithm.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Society-of-Women-Engineers-SWE-Annual-Conference-2018-WE18.mp4 You can see more News for the Mecharithm in the link below: https://www.mecharithm.com/category/news/ If you enjoyed this post, please consider contributing to help us with the website's running costs and keep making awesome content for you. We deeply thank you for your generous contribution! Do not forget to contact us: Be sure to let us know…
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