Photo of the Week: Laparoscopic Virtual Surgery Training System

Kun Qian, Faculty of Media & Communication

In our next ‘Photo of the Week’ we are looking at research developing simulation systems for cancer surgery. This research is being led by BU’s Kun Qian, a PHD student in the Faculty of Media and Communication.

His research focuses on the real-time simulation of soft tissue. He is currently developing a laparoscopic rectum cancer surgery simulation system. This system uses haptic technology to provide users with realistic haptic force feedback. They have developed a physics engine which can be easily used and extended to develop other kinds of surgery simulation.

To train trainee laparoscopic surgeons, methods such as relying on animals and cadavers usually cause ethical and moral issues and are expensive. Performing surgery under the supervision of experienced surgeons becomes a practical solution in many scenarios. However it will involve a long learning curve to gain adequate experience to become a qualified surgeon.  This haptic based virtual training system can provide trainee surgeons effective training before applying them to real patients. Through using this system, trainee surgeons can gain vital experience quickly and safely.

For more information about the project, email Kun for further details.

This was an entry to BU’s first research photography competition and you can view the entries to the most recent competition here.