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Development of an Ocular and Craniofacial Trauma Treatment Training System

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Technical Report,11 Jul 2011,10 Feb 2015

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Massachusetts General Hospital Boston United States

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A prototype of a novel simulator of ocular and facial trauma was developed for training and skills maintenance of eye surgeons and first responders in treating injuries to the face and eyes. The simulator fills a needs gap in the ophthalmological training domain between VR-based systems for cataract and retinal repair and part task trainers without quantitative measurement capabilities and offers an alternative to animal-based training. The prototype combines physical anatomical modules with instrument tracking sensors and a data acquisition, scoring and feedback system in a portable bench-top structure. The headneck form can further be mounted to a commercial full-body mannequin to support first-responder training. We conducted user testing primarily in conjunction with the annual USUHS Ocular Trauma Course and as part of a Simulator Validation Program study and through demonstrations to local expert surgeons. Posters and oral presentations were given at local and national conferencesworkshops. Options for commercialization continue to be investigated and further funded research extending this work with new features is under way.

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