Purpose of investigation: Surgeons require practiced skills in laparoscopic surgery. A virtual reality-based simulator system was developed for extensive training. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of a virtual reality-based laparoscopic gynecology simulation system. Methods: Laparoscopic tools and three-dimensional virtual environments were included in the simulation system. Ten healthy, non-disabled volunteers were recruited. The surgical procedure is a process of tubal sterilization by cauterization. Volunteers followed the training procedure, 15 trials in the first test and retest, respectively. Results: Stable performances were obtained after about seven trials for all subjects. The intraclass correlation coefficients were 0.935 and 0.425 for task time and error frequency, respectively. Conclusion: The results of this study indicate that the system is stable and has a fair high test-retest reliability. Therefore, the VR-based laparoscopic gynecology system is feasible.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology|
|State||Published - Jan 2003|
- Laparoscopic gynecology
- Virtual reality