P20083: AR in the Surgical Simulation Workspace


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This project will explore the use of a Microsoft Hololens to project AR media, in conjunction with the use of physical organ models which will provide accurate analogs to human tissues, to provide exceptional surgical simulations for procedural training.

Surgical simulators are widely used in innovative procedural training programs, providing a standardized method for training without the risks accompanied with operating on live patients. Surgical simulators aim to help surgeons develop force-feedback memory, which they will rely on during surgery. However, surgical simulators often require the availability of an expert surgeon to guide the trainee through the procedure. Currently there are simulators that take advantage of virtual reality (VR) for providing visual simulations. This involves the use of animated 3D objects and environments to create an immersive learning experience, but is limited by its lack of physical feedback. Hybrid surgical simulators which include a physical model, augmented reality (AR), and spatial sound help to provide a wider range of feedback to the surgeon.

VR and AR simulators are typically mounted on the head of the trainee which allows the trainee to move and work handsfree. The use of AR in conjunction with a physical model will allow trainees to use real surgical instruments which provide the experience of haptic feedback, while also incorporating additional information for surgical task guidance (i.e. steps of a procedure, enhanced visuals, vital signs, etc.). The addition of the AR elements will eliminate the need for an expert surgeon to provide guidance.

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