Amulti-resolution foveated laparoscope (MRFL) with autofocus and zooming capabilities was previously designed to address the limiting trade-off between spatial resolution and field of view during laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery. TheMRFLsplits incoming light into two paths enabling simultaneous capture of the full surgical field and a zoomed-in view of the local surgical site.Afully functional prototype was constructed to demonstrate and test the autofocus, zooming capabilities, and clinical utility of this new laparoscope. The test of the prototype in both dry lab and animal models was successful, but it also revealed several major limitations of the prototype. In this paper,we present a brief overview of the aforementionedMRFLprototype design and results, and the shortcomings associated with its optical and mechanical designs.We then present several methods to address the shortcomings of the existing prototype with a modified optical layout and redesigned mechanics. The performances of the new and old system prototypes are comparatively analyzed in accordance with the design goals of the new MRFL. Finally, we present and demonstrate a real-time digital method for correcting transverse chromatic aberration to further improve the overall image quality, which can be adapted to futureMRFLsystems.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Engineering (miscellaneous)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering