GiPSi: An Open Source/Open Architecture Software Development Framework for Surgical Simulation

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Abstract

In this paper we propose an open source/open architecture framework for developing organ level surgical simulations. Our goal is to facilitate shared development of reusable models, to accommodate heterogeneous models of computation, and to provide a framework for interfacing multiple heterogeneous models. The framework provides an intuitive API for interfacing dynamic models defined over spatial domains. It is specifically designed to be independent of the specifics of the modeling methods used and therefore facilitates seamless integration of heterogeneous models and processes. Furthermore, each model has separate geometries for visualization, simulation, and interfacing, allowing the modeler to choose the most natural geometric representation for each case. I/O interfaces for visualization and haptics for real-time interactive applications have also been provided.