5 June 1998 Training simulator for retinal laser photocoagulation: a new approach for surgeons' apprenticeships
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Proceedings Volume 3262, Surgical-Assist Systems; (1998) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.309455
Event: BiOS '98 International Biomedical Optics Symposium, 1998, San Jose, CA, United States
Retinal laser photocoagulation is a current practice in many eye diseases therapy. Its mastering requires a specific training usually made on actual patients with some risks. The authors present a new device aimed to deliver a complete training separated from the therapeutic practice. This training simulator is built around the actual instrument to comply with the required realism. The instrumental functionalities of the device give the residents the same operating conditions as in the actual practice. The eye fundus visualization is simulated by virtual images, based on actual fundus pictures. They are computed at the rate of 10-12 frames/second according to the adjustments and manipulations of the 3-mirror lens made by the operator. All the pictures are combined in a fundus database planned to collect a wide variety of pathologies. The pedagogical functionalities are gathered in the user's interface. The two major guidelines of the developed software was to achieve an easy to use interface and to enforce no 'school dependent' rules of valuation. This new pedagogical instrument runs on PC micro-computers which allows a low- cost technology and could provide a practical training to retinal photocoagulation without the patient. A clinical validation of its pedagogical efficiency is submitted in another abstract.
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Patrick Dubois, Patrick Dubois, Philippe Meseure, Philippe Meseure, Frederic Peugnet, Frederic Peugnet, Jean-Francois Rouland, Jean-Francois Rouland, } "Training simulator for retinal laser photocoagulation: a new approach for surgeons' apprenticeships", Proc. SPIE 3262, Surgical-Assist Systems, (5 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.309455; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.309455

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