A Volumetric Virtual Environment for Catheter Insertion Simulation

  • Antonio Zorcolo
  • Enrico Gobbetti
  • Gianluigi Zanetti
  • Massimiliano Tuveri
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We present an experimental catheter insertion simulation system that provides users co-registered haptic and head-tracked stereoscopic visual feedback. The system works on patient-specific volumetric data acquired using standard medical imaging modalities. The actual needle insertion operation is simulated for individual patients, rather than being an example of a model surgical procedure on standard anatomy. Patient specific features may thus be studied in detail by the trainees, overcoming one of the major limitations of current training techniques.


Force Feedback Needle Insertion Haptic Feedback Haptic Device Active Contour Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Zorcolo
    • 1
  • Enrico Gobbetti
    • 1
  • Gianluigi Zanetti
    • 1
  • Massimiliano Tuveri
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Advanced Studies, Research, and Development in SardiniaCRS4UtaItaly

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