A Modular Set of Mixed Reality Simulators for blind and Guided Procedures
Technical Report,01 Aug 2014,31 Jul 2015
University of Florida Gainesville United States
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We are ultimately developing and delivering a modular set of five mixed realityaugmented reality AR simulators, each for a different application from a set of five blind and guided medical procedures 1 Regional Anesthesia RA, 2 Central Venous Access CVA, 3 External Ventricular Drain EVD aka Ventriculostomy, 4 Chest Tube Insertion and 5 TransRectal UltraSound TRUS-Imaged, Manually-Guided Needle Biopsy of the Prostate. The AR is through visual augmentation, i.e., providing 3D, real-time, color visualization of the relevant anatomy, tools and implements. Our purpose is to provide deployed and Stateside medical military personnel and also civilian reservists compact, lightweight, turnkey simulators designed to work in austere environments. These highly-portabledeployable simulators provide the ability to acquiremaintain skills in medical procedures, some of which may be specific to military medicine and therefore unfamiliar to reservists who practice primarily civilian medicine. The ultimate purpose is to provide through the military medical personnel trained via our simulators safer and better quality care as measured by our proposed patient outcomes study to US military personnel deployed and Stateside and veterans. The scope of this research is deliberately wide because the simulators are anatomic, they are not specific to military needs and can be readily repurposed for civilian medical training needs too. In addition, the modular nature of the system design including the modular stand will provide a rapid development platform for fast prototypingimplementation of new mixedaugmented reality simulators beyond the original five to be delivered to DoD.