12 March 2010 Simulation and training of ultrasound supported anaesthesia: a low-cost approach
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The use of ultrasound imaging technology during techniques of peripheral nerve blockade offers several clinical benefits. Here we report on a new method to educate residents in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. The daily challenge for the anesthesiologists is the 3D angle-depending handling of the stimulation needle and the ultrasound probe while watching the 2D ultrasound image on the monitor. Purpose: Our approach describes how a computer-aided simulation and training set for ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia could be built based on wireless low-cost devices and an interactive simulation of a 2D ultrasound image. For training purposes the injection needle and the ultrasound probe are replaced by wireless Bluetooth-connected 3D tracking devices, which are embedded in WII-mote controllers (Nintendo-Brand). In correlation to the tracked 3D positions of the needle and transducer models the visibility and position of the needle should be simulated in the 2D generated ultrasound image. Conclusion: In future, this tracking and visualization software module could be integrated in a more complex training set, where complex injection paths could be trained based on a 3D segmented model and the training results could be part of a curricular e-learning module.
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T. Schaaf, T. Schaaf, M. Lamontain, M. Lamontain, J. Hilpert, J. Hilpert, F. Schilling, F. Schilling, T. Tolxdorff, T. Tolxdorff, } "Simulation and training of ultrasound supported anaesthesia: a low-cost approach", Proc. SPIE 7629, Medical Imaging 2010: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy, 762917 (12 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.844127; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.844127

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