Risk-free virtual anaesthetics
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Date posted: 23/03/2009
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Researchers from the University of Limerick in Ireland have used haptic technology and 3D visualization to create a training tool for surgeons performing spinal injections.

The haptic simulator recreates the skin tension felt by the practitioner at the point the needle is inserted. If the injection is not carried out correctly, the trainee receives immediate audio and visual feedback.

Trainees can operate in either "trial" or "practise" mode, and safely locate the optimal point for a spinal injection - called the "intrathecal space".

In trial mode, the audio and visual clues can be turned off.

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