Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2018
Monday–Friday, March 5–9, 2018; Los Angeles, California
Session G60: Poster Session I
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
LACC Room: West Hall A
Abstract: G60.00334 : 3D Registration in a Virtual Reality Simulator for Neurosurgical Instruction*
Virtual Reality and computer graphics techniques have been used since their inception in numerous medical professions and it has long been thought that the technology would be ideal for training simulations. A recent review article noted that simulators for neurosurgery containing completely immersive environments and realistic touch response were particularly lacking. This project attempts to utilize commercial gaming headsets with a mechanical haptic feedback device to simulate surgery in an immersive environment with touch feedback. The focus of the current research is the use of 3D registration techniques and basis set transformations to map the space of the 3D models in the VR environment to the physical models and surgical instruments that might be in the hands of the operator.
*Partially funded through the QEP ”Research that Reaches Out” initiative of Mercer University.
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