Sharing expertise and knowledge in tele-surgery: critical review And scope of 3D virtual reality

Thiruvalluvar, Arivan (2011) Sharing expertise and knowledge in tele-surgery: critical review And scope of 3D virtual reality. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) or laparoscopic surgery revolutionised surgical care and marked the beginning of the information age in surgery. Information technologies such as 3D Virtual reality (VR) and robotics have begun to form the backbone of MIS and are constantly evolving. VR is being applied in almost all aspects of surgery and has made the idea of performing surgery across distances (telesurgery) and even remote areas such as battlefield, under-water environments feasible. Alongside rapid developments of VR for telesurgery, there are growing needs and challenges, identifying and analysing which have been the aims of this study project. The main developments of VR in surgery have been identified as the possibility of performing surgery non-invasively and remotely, plan them more precisely and attain proficiency in surgical procedures safely and ethically. Important challenges that need to be addressed for assimilation of telesurgery more widely and universally are the lack of all sensory input particularly ‘tactile feedback’ in VR simulators, legal liabilities and high-costs of the technology. There is much scope for technology adoption in extreme environments such as space and battlefield where only computer-assisted telesurgery is feasible for the provision of surgical expertise.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2011 16:06
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:40

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