Health care professionals can use high-fidelity virtual training simulation (VTS) so that necessary procedures may be practised and refreshed before operating on a real person. Advantages of relying on such controlled learning environments includes; zero patient risk, development of psychomotor skills for the medical tools and the opportunity to experience challenging ‘what if’ scenarios. In this theme we explore the use of haptics in a series of haptic-enabled biopsy simulators, such as Transperineal Prostate and Kidney biopsies. We couple haptic devices, such as Phantom Omnis with novel interfaces such as zSpace stereoscopic display and Oculus Rift.
Ritsos, P. D., Edwards, M. R., Shergill, I. S., & John, N. W. (2015). A Haptics-enabled Simulator for Transperineal Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy. In K. Bühler, L. Linsen, & N. W. John (Eds.), Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine. The Eurographics Association.[bib]