Biomedical Sciences and Visualization

Virtual Simulation of Temporal Bone Dissection

Sponsor: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders/NIH 1 - R21 DC04515-01

Temporal Bone Dissection Simulation (28.35MB)
  • A safer and more cost effective way to learn fundamental techniques.
  • Obviates the need for physical material in initial training.
  • A more accessible way for residents to practice more frequently.
  • Allows increased exposure to pathological variance.
  • A more quantitative assessment of resident proficiency.

We are extending the capabilities of our current prototype system by increasing the realism and complexity of the representation. This effort will advance training in surgical intervention, which remains a key element in improving the control of hearing and balance disorders and enhancing the health of many.

This work is in collaboration with the Departments of Otolaryngology and Radiology at The Ohio State University Medical Center. We would like to acknowledge the contributions and continuing support of Dr. David Schuller, Dr. Brad Welling, Dr. Edward Dodson, Dr. Iain Grant, and the Department of Otolaryngology at OSU, Dr. Petra Schmalbrock of the Department of Radiology, Dr. Jim Murakami at Childrens' Hospital- Columbus, and Dr. Charles Bender and Al Stutz at OSC. Additional thanks go to Sensable Technologies, Virtual Research, Inc., Silicon Graphics, Inc., and Medtronic Xomed.

Further Reading
Virtual Temporal Bone Dissection, Wiet GJ, Bryan J, Dodson E, Sessanna D, Stredney D, Schmalbrock P and B Welling Proceedings of MMVR8, 2000, Westwood et. al., (Eds). IOS Press Amsterdam: 378-384.