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1. (WO2018084869) VARIABLE RIGIDITY, CONFORMABLE APPARATUS FOR NON-INVASIVELY AFFIXING SURGICAL FIDUCIALS AND SURGICAL TOOLS TO PATIENTS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/084869    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/060812
Publication Date: Sat May 12 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Tue Nov 08 00:59:59 CET 2016
IPC: A61B 90/50
Applicants: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
Inventors: WELLBORN, Patrick
WEBSTER, III, Robert J.
LATHROP, Ray
HENDRICK, Richard J.
Title: VARIABLE RIGIDITY, CONFORMABLE APPARATUS FOR NON-INVASIVELY AFFIXING SURGICAL FIDUCIALS AND SURGICAL TOOLS TO PATIENTS
Abstract:
An apparatus for supporting a medical device on a patient includes a mounting structure configured to be fitted onto the patient to encircle at least a portion of a body part of the patient. The mounting structure includes an inner layer and an outer layer that define a confinement. A jamming material is contained within the confinement. The jamming material is configured to flow within the confinement to conform to the shape of the body part of the patient onto which the mounting structure is fitted. The mass of jamming material is configured to harden and become rigid in its conformed shape in response to a vacuum being formed in the confinement.