Developing an immersive ultrasound guided needle puncture simulator

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2009:142:398-400.


We present an integrated system for training ultrasound guided needle puncture. Our aim is to provide a cost effective and validated training tool that uses actual patient data to enable interventional radiology trainees to learn how to carry out image-guided needle puncture. The input data required is a computed tomography scan of the patient that is used to create the patient specific models. Force measurements have been made on real tissue and the resulting data is incorporated into the simulator. Respiration and soft tissue deformations are also carried out to further improve the fidelity of the simulator.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Simulation*
  • Punctures*
  • Radiography, Interventional
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional*
  • User-Computer Interface