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Training simulator for retinal laser photocoagulation: a new approach for surgeons' apprenticeships
Author(s): Patrick Dubois; Philippe Meseure; Frederic Peugnet; Jean-Francois Rouland
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Paper Abstract

Retinal laser photocoagulation is a current practice in many eye diseases therapy. Its mastering requires a specific training usually made on actual patients with some risks. The authors present a new device aimed to deliver a complete training separated from the therapeutic practice. This training simulator is built around the actual instrument to comply with the required realism. The instrumental functionalities of the device give the residents the same operating conditions as in the actual practice. The eye fundus visualization is simulated by virtual images, based on actual fundus pictures. They are computed at the rate of 10-12 frames/second according to the adjustments and manipulations of the 3-mirror lens made by the operator. All the pictures are combined in a fundus database planned to collect a wide variety of pathologies. The pedagogical functionalities are gathered in the user's interface. The two major guidelines of the developed software was to achieve an easy to use interface and to enforce no 'school dependent' rules of valuation. This new pedagogical instrument runs on PC micro-computers which allows a low- cost technology and could provide a practical training to retinal photocoagulation without the patient. A clinical validation of its pedagogical efficiency is submitted in another abstract.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3262, Surgical-Assist Systems, (5 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.309455
Show Author Affiliations
Patrick Dubois, Ctr. Hospitalier et Universitaire de Lille (France)
Philippe Meseure, Univ. des Sciences et Technologie de Lille (France)
Frederic Peugnet, Ctr. Hopitaler et Universitaire de Lille (France)
Jean-Francois Rouland, Ctr. Hopitalier et Universitaire de Lille (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3262:
Surgical-Assist Systems
Roger Von Hanwehr M.D.; Marilyn Sue Bogner; Steven T. Charles M.D.; Abraham Katzir; Marilyn Sue Bogner; Steven T. Charles M.D.; James A. Harrington; Warren S. Grundfest M.D.; Louis S. Lome; Warren S. Grundfest M.D.; James A. Harrington; Abraham Katzir; Louis S. Lome; Michael W. Vannier M.D.; Roger Von Hanwehr M.D., Editor(s)

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