Bimanual Haptic Simulator for Training Hand Palpation and Lumbar Puncture

  • James JoseEmail author
  • Rao R. Bhavani
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 432)


This paper addresses a bimanual haptic simulator for training human hand palpation and needle insertion motor skills in lumbar puncture medical procedure using two haptic device for medical students and physicians. This virtual reality environment simulates the human hand palpation and needle puncture with visual and haptic feedback. In this work, we studied lateral haptic model for rendering human hand palpation and layered haptic model for lumbar needle puncture. We have developed a training simulator for detecting the lumbar position and spinal needle insertion skills for lumbar puncture that can be demonstrated as a concept prototype to the medical haptic simulations.


Bimanual haptics Medical simulation Skill training Lumbar puncture Hand palpation 



We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham for being an everlasting source of inspiration for our efforts. We also wholeheartedly thank the wonderful team at AMMACHI Labs for their support and encouragement and for providing constructive criticism and valuable inputs during the various stages of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AMMACHI LabsAmrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita UniversityAmritapuriIndia

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