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Senior Capstone Project 2006

Image Generator to Support the Application of a Haptic Device for the Simulation of Arthroscopic Surgery

By: Renata Zabawa
rzabawa@bradley.edu
Bradley University ECE Department
Advisor: Dr. Thomas L. Stewart 

Summary:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) creates hundreds of images that each shows a cross section of the knee.   The goal of this project is to take the cross sections of a knee MRI and extract a three dimensional model of the cartilage.  This model is used to simulate a surgeonís view during arthroscopic surgery.  A second goal is to apply these results to simulate the arthroscopic surgery with a haptic feedback system.  The simulation will aide medical students by allowing them to practice arthroscopic surgery in a simulator before actually performing a real arthroscopic surgery.