Haptic Training Simulator for Pedicle Screw Insertion in Scoliosis Surgery

  • Maryam Moafimadani
  • Adam GomesEmail author
  • Karl Zabjek
  • Reinhard Zeller
  • David Wang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9738)


Pedicle screw insertion is a common treatment in fixing spinal deformities in idiopathic scoliosis. This paper discusses the development of a haptic device which will aid in training for pedicle screw insertion surgery. By translating the rotational and linear effects of the surgery into tunable haptic parameters, a realistic haptic simulator is created. Over 10 surgeons of varying experience levels used the simulator, and were able to tune the device to what they felt was most realistic. They were also asked to judge the system based on its feasibility and usefulness. The results indicate the simulator is feasible for surgical education.


Haptics Scoliosis Pedicle screw insertion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maryam Moafimadani
    • 1
  • Adam Gomes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Karl Zabjek
    • 2
  • Reinhard Zeller
    • 3
  • David Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Department of Physical TherapyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Paediatric Orthopedic Surgery DivisionHospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada

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