Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Simulating Surgery

PostedNovember 21, 2010

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Randy Atkins: While skills like piloting can be learned on very realistic simulators, Adrian Park, a professor of surgery at the University of Maryland, says mimicking the human body is much more challenging.

Adrian Park: Even trying to fully simulate one organ would make the complexity of the space shuttle simulator pale by comparison.

Randy Atkins: But Park is working with engineers on early prototypes, and putting them is an operating room environment…

Adrian Park: There’s going to be the noise and the interference that you get in a regular O-R.

Randy Atkins: …so surgeons can get immersed in the virtual reality.

Adrian Park: They absolutely get lost in these scenarios and can get as stressed and agitated as if it were real life. 

Randy Atkins: And Park expects technological advancements to dramatically enhance realism in coming years.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News

Additional Resources: 

  • Maryland Advanced Simulation, Training, Research and Innovation Center (MASTRI)
  • Grand Challenge for Engineering to “Enhance Virtual Reality