Latest Development of an Interventional Radiology Training Simulation System: NeuroCath

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We describe the latest development of a computer-based virtual reality environment for training interventional neuroradiology procedures. The system, NeuroCath (Neuroradiology Catheterization Simulator), includes extraction and construction of a vascular model from different imaging modalities that represents the anatomy of patient in a computationally efficient manner, and a finite element method (FEM) based physical model that simulates the interaction between the devices and neuro-vasculature. A realistic visual interface with multiple, synchronized windows and plenty of video control functions are developed. The latest version is also equipped with haptic feedback module that gives the sense of touch in real-time, and customizable vascular model so that trainer can understand the importance of vascular variations and practice. According to the validation in several clinical centers, 70%-75% of training features have been realized which makes the system well suitable for training of interventional neuroradiologists.


interventional neuroradiology simulation augmented reality modeling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xin Ma
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Biomedical Imaging Lab, Singapore Bioimaging Consortium, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, 30 Biopolis Stree, #07-01 Matrix, 138671Singapore
  2. 2.Centre for Human-Computer Interaction, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Integration Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences/The Chinese University of Hong Kong, F3 Building A, Nanshan Mega-Surplus Medical Equipments Industry Park, Gongye 3 Road, Skekou, Shenzhen, 518067China

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