Catheter Driver

Amir Pournajib is a research assistant working with the Multi Media Research Group at the University of Alberta. He is designing a catheter driver for use in the medical field. Insertion of catheters can pose a risk to doctors as an xray is often used to guide catheter insertion and the doctor, who can do multiple catheter insertions a day, is at increased radiation risk. This device could make it possible to insert a catheter remotely without posing a risk to the doctor. The current prototyped design is 3d printed and an Arduino Uno will drive stepper motors, allowing the catheter to pushed forward and rotated at the same time. There is an application for machine learning, so the device can be taught the most effective technique for catheter insertion through trial and error.