Burrhole simulation for an intracranial hematoma simulator

Eric Acosta, Alan Liu, Rocco Armonda, Mike Fiorill, Randy Haluck, Carol Lake, Gilbert Muniz, Mark Bowyer

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Traumatic head injuries can cause internal bleeding within the brain. The resulting hematoma can elevate intracranial pressure, leading to complications and death if left untreated. A craniotomy may be required when conservative measures are ineffective. To augment conventional surgical training, a Virtual Reality-based intracranial hematoma simulator is being developed. A critical step in performing a craniotomy involves cutting burrholes in the skull. This paper describes volumetric-based haptic and visual algorithms developed to simulate burrhole creation for the simulator. The described algorithms make it possible to simulate several surgical tools typically used for a craniotomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Event15th Annual Conference on Medicine Meets Virtual Reality, MMVR 2007 - Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 6 2007Feb 9 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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    Acosta, E., Liu, A., Armonda, R., Fiorill, M., Haluck, R., Lake, C., Muniz, G., & Bowyer, M. (2007). Burrhole simulation for an intracranial hematoma simulator. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 125, 1-6.