Touch Feedback Technology Enables Surgical Simulation
November 2007
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Immersion Medical (San Jose, CA, U.S.), part of Immersion Corp., developer of touch feedback technology, launched the LaparoscopyVR surgical simulation system. The LapVR includes hardware and software designed into a system on a self-contained cart. It is designed to be an effective tool to assist in training of minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures.

The system has a widely viewable monitor suitable for team training, virtual camera and tools, and modules packaged in an ergonomic, height-adjustable, wheeled cart. It has several training modules, such as the Essential Skills module with exercises for developing camera navigation, cutting, clipping, adhesio-lysis, and hand transfer skills. The LapChole module provides a simulated environment for removal of the gall bladder, one of the most common types of laparoscopic surgeries in the United States.

The physics-based simulation responds to user actions, and the company’s TouchSense technology supports these responses with realistic graphical movement of tissue and organs and realistic forces felt through the trocar arms and handles.

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