Simulations are an integral part of medical education. Surgical simulators provide a safe, realistic environment for practice or rehearsal. Recent advances in virtual reality and other forms of computer technology have added a new dimension to this field, and have significantly increased the importance of simulation.

This tutorial provides foundation material necessary to gain a full appreciation of current research. This tutorial is intended for individuals new to surgical simulation. Topics covered include: an overview of current simulation technology, a medical perspective on simulation, tissue modeling and characterization, performance metrics, deformable models, visual and tactile displays, and collision detection. The challenge of using state-of-the-art simulators for medical education will be described.




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