Simulating Embryo-Transfer Through a Haptic Device



Computer based training represents an effective way to learn and virtually practice the procedures related to a specific surgical intervention exploiting a virtual reproduction of the anatomy involved and of the tools required. Though a “visual-only” level of simulation can already be very useful, there is no doubt that, as long as the technology would allow it, a visual-haptic simulator providing kinesthetic feedback to augment the virtual experience would represent a key factor in fostering the development of manual skills in trainees. This kind of approach to virtual training is exploited in this work to simulate Embryo Transfer, a crucial step of the In Vitro Fertilization procedure which is become very popular to address several infertility conditions. We present a novel training system based on a haptic device allowing the user to handle a virtual replica of the catheter required to insert the simulated embryo through the cervix until the optimal site in the womb is reached. The system proposed exploits deformability-mapping to represent local stiffness in the contact surfaces and simulates an ultrasound live image to approach the visual appearance of the actual diagnostic imagery.


Embryo Transfer Force Feedback Haptic Device Haptic Perception Haptic Rendering 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of SalernoSalernoItaly

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