Restoring Hearing to Deaf Patients

Journal Papers

  1. N. P. Dillon, L. Fichera, K. Kesler, M. G. Zuniga, J. E. Mitchell, R. J. Webster, and R. F. Labadie, “Pre-operative screening and manual drilling strategies to reduce the risk of thermal injury during minimally invasive cochlear implantation surgery”, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, vol. 45, no. 9, pp. 2184-2195, 2017.
  2. N. P. Dillon, R. Balachandran, M. A. Siebold, R. J. Webster, G. B. Wanna, and R. F. Labadie, “Cadaveric Testing of Robot-Assisted Access to the Internal Auditory Canal for Vestibular Schwannoma Removal”, Otology & Neurotology, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 441-447, 2016. PDF (834.96 KB)
  3. N. P. Dillon, J. E. Mitchell, G. M. Zuniga, R. J. Webster, III, and R. F. Labadie, “Design and Thermal Testing of an Automatic Drill Guide for Less Invasive Cochlear Implantation”, ASME Journal of Medical Devices, vol. 10, no. 2, p. 020923, 2016. PDF (777.38 KB)
  4. N. P. Dillon, R. Balachandran, J. M. Fitzpatrick, M. A. Siebold, R. F. Labadie, G. B. Wanna, T. J. Withrow, and R. J. Webster, III, “A Compact Bone-Attached Robot for Mastoidectomy”, ASME Journal of Medical Devices, vol. 9, no. 3, p. 031003, 2015. PDF (1.83 MB)
  5. N. P. Dillon, L. B. Kratchman, M. S. Dietrich, R. F. Labadie, R. J. Webster III, and T. J. Withrow, “An Experimental Evaluation of the Force Requirements for Robotic Mastoidectomy”, Otology & Neurotology, vol. 34, no. 7, pp. e93-e102, 2013. PDF (5.09 MB)
  6. D. Schurzig, R. F. Labadie, A. Hussong, T. S. Rau, and R. J. Webster III, “Design of a Tool Integrating Force Sensing with Automated Insertion in Cochlear Implantation”, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 381-389, 2012. PDF (1.42 MB)
  7. L. B. Kratchman, D. Schurzig, T. R. McRackan, R. Balachandran, J. H. Noble, R. J. Webster III, and R. F. Labadie, “A Manually-Operated, Advance Off-Stylet Insertion Tool for Image-Guided, Minimally Invasive Cochlear Implantation Surgery”, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 59, no. 10, pp. 2792-2800, 2012. PDF (715.76 KB)
  8. A. Danilchenko, R. Balachandran, J. L. Toennies, S. Baron, B. Munske, J. M. Fitzpatrick, T. J. Withrow, R. J. Webster III, and R. F. Labadie, “Robotic Mastoidectomy”, Otology & Neurotology, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 11-16, 2011. PDF (854.39 KB)
  9. L. B. Kratchman, G. S. Blachon, T. J. Withrow, R. Balachandran, R. F. Labadie, and R. J. Webster III, “Design of a Bone-Attached Parallel Robot for Percutaneous Cochlear Implantation”, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 58, no. 10, pp. 2904-2910, 2011. PDF (756.06 KB)
  10. S. Baron, H. Eilers, B. Munske, J. L. Toennies, R. Balachandran, R. F. Labadie, T. Ortmaier, and R. J. Webster III, “Percutaneous Inner-Ear Access Via an Image-Guided Industrial Robot System”, Journal of Engineering in Medicine, vol. 224, no. 5, pp. 633-649, 2010. PDF (836.26 KB)
  11. D. Schurzig, R. J. Webster III, M. S. Dietrich, and R. F. Labadie, “Force of Cochlear Implant Electrode Insertion Performed by a Robotic Insertion Tool: Comparison of Traditional Versus Advance-Off Stylet Techniques”, Otology & Neurotology, vol. 31, no. 8, pp. 1207-1210, 2010. PDF (462.7 KB)

Journal Abstracts

  1. D. Schurzig, Z. W. Smith, D. C. Rucker, R. F. Labadie, and R. J. Webster, III, “A Manual Insertion Mechanism for Percutaneous Cochlear Implantation”, vol. 4, no. 2. ASME Journal of Medical Devices, 2010. PDF (27.78 KB)

Conference Papers

  1. T. L. Bruns and R. J. Webster, III, “An Image Guidance System for Positioning Robotic Cochlear Implant Insertion Tools”, in SPIE Medical Imaging, 2017, vol. 10135. PDF (452.88 KB)
  2. N. P. Dillon, L. Fichera, P. S. Wellborn, R. F. Labadie, and R. J. Webster, III, “Making Robots Mill Bone More Like Human Surgeons: Using Bone Density and Anatomic Information to Mill Safely and Efficiently”, in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2016, pp. 1837-1843. PDF (930.21 KB)
  3. N. P. Dillon, M. A. Siebold, J. E. Mitchell, J. M. Fitzpatrick, and R. J. Webster, III, “Increasing Safety of a Robotic System for Inner Ear Surgery Using Probabilistic Error Modeling Near Vital Anatomy”, in SPIE Medical Imaging, 2016, p. 97861G. PDF (1.05 MB) Young Scientist Award Presented by Siemens, Runner-Up
  4. N. P. Dillon, R. Balachandran, A. M. dit Falisse, G. B. Wanna, R. F. Labadie, T. J. Withrow, J. M. Fitzpatrick, and R. J. Webster III, “Preliminary Testing of a Compact, Bone-Attached Robot for Otologic Surgery”, in SPIE Medical Imaging, 2014, p. 903614. PDF (756.16 KB)
  5. N. P. Dillon, R. J. Webster III, and T. J. Withrow, “Design of a Bone-Attached Robot for Mastoidectomy”, in Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics, 2013, pp. 3-4. PDF (462.38 KB)
  6. R. Balachandran, J. E. Mitchell, J. H. Noble, D. Schurzig, G. S. Blachon, T. R. McRackan, R. J. Webster III, B. M. Dawant, J. M. Fitzpatrick, and R. F. Labadie, “Insertion of electrode array using percutaneous cochlear implantation technique: a cadaveric study”, in SPIE Medical Imaging, 2011. PDF (1.4 MB)
  7. D. Schurzig, R. F. Labadie, A. Hussong, T. S. Rau, and R. J. Webster III, “A Force Sensing Automated Insertion Tool for Cochlear Electrode Implantation”, in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2010, pp. 3674-3679. PDF (1.09 MB)
  8. D. Schurzig, Z. W. Smith, D. C. Rucker, R. F. Labadie, and R. J. Webster III, “A Manual Insertion Mechanism for Percutaneous Cochlear Implantation”, in Design of Medical Devices Conference, 2010. PDF (938.61 KB) Best Poster/Presentation Finalist (3 in 5 Competition)

Non-Refereed/Invited/Poster/Abstract/Short Papers

  1. N. P. Dillon, J. E. Mitchell, L. Fichera, R. J. Webster, and R. F. Labadie, “Image-guided, minimally invasive cochlear implantation using customized microstereotactic frames”, Southeastern Medical Device Association. 2016.
  2. N. P. Dillon, R. Balachandran, R. J. Webster III, T. J. Withrow, G. B. Wanna, and R. F. Labadie, “Surgical workflow considerations for mastoidectomy using a bone-attached robot”, American Triological Society, Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings. 2015.
  3. A. Danilchenko, J. L. Toennies, R. Balachandran, S. Baron, B. Munske, R. J. Webster, III, and R. F. Labadie, “Robotic Mastoidectomy”, American Otological Society Spring Meeting. 2010. PDF (41.49 KB)
  4. D. Schurzig, Z. W. Smith, D. C. Rucker, R. F. Labadie, and R. J. Webster, III, “ A Manual Insertion Mechanism for Percutaneous Cochlear Implantation”. Design of Medical Devices Conference, 2010. PDF (3.53 MB)
  5. L. B. Kratchman, G. S. Blachon, T. J. Withrow, R. Balachandran, R. F. Labadie, and R. J. Webster, III, “Toward Automation of Image-Guided Microstereotactic Frames: A Bone-Attached Parallel Robot for Percutaneous Cochlear Implantation”. Robotics, Science and Systems- Workshop on Enabling Technologies for Image-Guided Robotic Interventional Procedures, 2010. PDF (1.23 MB)

Ph.D. Dissertations

  1. N. P. Dillon, “Analysis, Design, and Modeling of Image-Guided Robotic Systems for Otologic Surgery”. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2017.
  2. L. B. Kratchman, “Image-Guided Targeting and Control of Implantable Electrodes”. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2015.