Virtual Environment for Orthopedic Drilling Skill Training
Surgical training typically involves training by performing procedures on synthetic bone models. The bone models used in training are prone to significant wear and tear. This coupled with the lack of cheap yet high quality models affect the quality of the training itself. The need for low cost, extensible and reusable tools for surgical training makes virtual reality (VR) based surgical training environments an appealing complement to current training modules.
Drilling is an important skill in orthopedic surgery that requires significant training and evaluation. While many physical simulators provide surgeons to practice drilling, these simulators are limited by their lack of dynamism. At CUbiC we are developing a virtual environment that provides multi-modal feedback to promote training of the drilling skill in particular. Metrics have been defined to track the user's learning and evaluate performance.