Improving Training in Hand Surgery

Improving training in hand surgery with virtual surgery using haptic technology.

January 2010 - March 2016
Robert Hauck, Urs Künzler

This PhD research project will develop and demonstrate an innovative human factors-led approach to adapt recent technical achievements in surgical simulation to hand surgery. The complexity of the hand and wrist currently limits wider adoption of surgical simulators. The aim is to show how (patient-specific) data from CT and MRI scans, in conjunction with biomechanical data can be used to generate interactive virtual models that are updated continuously in response to the surgeons’ actions. The virtual model will include soft and hard tissue visualisation as well as haptic feedback with a focus on simulating surgical procedures or surgical techniques in hand surgery, which will be based on the needs of hand surgeons.