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The invention provides an articulating mechanism useful, for example, for remote manipulation of various surgical instruments and diagnostic tools within, or to, regions of the body. Movement of segments at the proximal end of the mechanism results in a corresponding, relative movement of segments at the distal end of the mechanism. The proximal and distal segments are connected by a set of cables in such a fashion that each proximal segment forms a discrete pair with a distal segment. This configuration allows each segment pair to move independently of one another and also permits the articulating mechanism to undergo complex movements and adopt complex configurations.

Title
Articulating mechanism for remote manipulation of a surgical or diagnostic tool
Application Number
10/444769
Publication Number
7090637 (B2)
Application Date
May 23, 2003
Publication Date
August 15, 2006
Inventor
Adam Gold
San Francisco
CA, US
David J Danitz
Cupertino
CA, US
Agent
Morrison & Foerster
Assignee
Novare Surgical Systems
CA, US
IPC
A61B 1/00
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