Fundamental Study of a Virtual Training System for Maxillofacial Palpation

  • Tatsushi Tokuyasu
  • Erina Maeda
  • Takuya Okamoto
  • Hiromu Akita
  • Kazuhiko Toshimitsu
  • Kazutoshi Okamura
  • Kazunori Yoshiura
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 253)

Abstract

Maxillofacial palpation is a physical examination technique where face or jaw are touched with fingers to determine their shape, consistency and location. Dentists utilizes palpation to diagnose pathological condition of a patient suffered from maxillofacial diseases. This paper proposes a virtual training system for maxillofacial palpation. To provide a virtual palpation system, a basic patient model is constructed based on linear elastic finite element method. Finally the simulation results and the remained issues making the system more practical are discussed.

Keywords

Virtual reality Haptic system Finite element method Maxillofacial palpation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tatsushi Tokuyasu
    • 1
  • Erina Maeda
    • 1
  • Takuya Okamoto
    • 1
  • Hiromu Akita
    • 1
  • Kazuhiko Toshimitsu
    • 2
  • Kazutoshi Okamura
    • 3
  • Kazunori Yoshiura
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Information and Systems EngineeringFukuoka Institute of TechnologyFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringOita National College of TechnologyOitaJapan
  3. 3.Faculty of Dental Science, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial RadiologyKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

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