04 Virtual-reality based training of medical procedures
Currently, two main difficulties can be identified hampering
further advancements in the field of surgical simulation. Firstly, we
face the still open question of the necessary level of realism to
achieve a specific training effect. Secondly, we face the lack of
appropriate assessment tools of surgical skills impeding evaluation
procedures for existing setups. We try to tackle both of these
prevalent drawbacks with a reference surgical simulator of highest
possible realism. Substantial steps towards achieving this ambitious
goal have been undertaken within the first phase of Co-Me. The driving
application for these endeavors is the simulation of hysteroscopic
interventions. The general focus of phase two is to push the prototype
framework towards a fully immersive setup in order to establish the
envisioned reference simulator. In addition to this, the research on
Augmented Reality based training systems will also be continued. By
merging real with artificially created visual and haptic feedback, we
strive to circumvent some of the problems that are encountered when
trying to mimic certain surgical procedures - for instance in
orthopedics the haptic rendering of stiff contact with bony
Development of a reference simulator for hysteroscopy and a
visuo-haptic AR system for orthopedics.
Investigation of mesh-free point-based representations for soft
tissue in surgical simulation
Integration of our training system into the medical curriculum.
Extension of the modular simulator framework and parallelization of modules.
Enhanced force-feedback and control for the hysteroscopic haptic interface.
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