The design of a hysteroscopy simulator

Kruger, Gerrit V. (2007-12)

Thesis (MScEng (Electrical and Electronic Engineering))--University of Stellenbosch, 2007.


This thesis documents the research, design and implementation of a virtual hysteroscopy simulator. A hysteroscopy is a medical procedure used in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. The system consists of a mechanically modelled hysteroscope connecting to any personal computer using USB, and is plug and play compatible on any modernWindows operating system. The scope interfaces with custom-designed software, which simulates a patient’s anatomy and thus creates a virtual operating environment. The software incorporates features like simulated soft tissue and an ablation algorithm. This system is developed with the aim to aid the young or inexperienced surgeon with hands-on training, developing his hand-eye coordination and visual and surgical skills used in this procedure.

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