Physics-based virtual environment for training core skills in vascular interventional radiological procedures

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  • N. W. John
  • V. Luboz
  • F. Bello
  • C. Hughes
  • F. P. Vidal
  • I. S. Lim
  • T. V. How
  • J. Zhai
  • S. Johnson
  • N. Chalmers
  • K. Brodlie
  • A. Bulpit
  • Y. Song
  • D. O. Kessel
  • R. Phillips
  • J. W. Ward
  • S. Pisharody
  • Y. Zhang
  • C. M. Crawshaw
  • D. A. Gould
Recent years have seen a significant increase in the use of Interventional Radiology (IR) as an alternative to open surgery. A large number of IR procedures commences with needle puncture of a vessel to insert guidewires and catheters: these clinical skills are acquired by all radiologists during training on patients, associated with some discomfort and occasionally, complications. While some visual skills can be acquired using models such as the ones used in surgery, these have limitations for IR which relies heavily on a sense of touch. Both patients and trainees would benefit from a virtual environment (VE) conveying touch sensation to realistically mimic procedures. The authors are developing a high fidelity VE providing a validated alternative to the traditional apprenticeship model used for teaching the core skills. The current version of the CRaIVE simulator combines home made software, haptic devices and commercial equipments.


  • Virtual environment, patient specific model, interventional radiology
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding of Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 16 (MMVR16)
Place of PublicationLong Beach, California
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
EventMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 16 - Long Beach, United States
Duration: 29 Jan 20081 Feb 2008

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NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press


ConferenceMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 16
Abbreviated titleMMVR16
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLong Beach
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