Tracking the movement of surgical tools in a virtual temporal bone dissection simulator

Marco Agus*, Andrea Giachetti, Enrico Gobbetti, Gianluigi Zanetti, Antonio Zorcolo

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In this paper we present the current state of our research on simulation of temporal bone surgical procedures. We describe the results of tests performed on a virtual surgical training system for middle ear surgery. The work is aimed to demonstrate how expert surgeons and trainees can effectively use the system for training and assessment purposes. Preliminary kinematic and dynamic analysis of simulated mastoidectomy sessions are presented. The simulation system used is characterized by a haptic component exploiting a bone-burr contact and erosion simulation model, a direct volume rendering module as well as a time-critical particle system to simulate secondary visual effects, such as bone debris accumulation, blooding, irrigation, and suction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-107
Number of pages8
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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