Purpose : Ultrasound (US) imaging offers advantages over other imaging modalities and has become the most widespread modality for many diagnostic and interventional procedures. However, traditional 2D US requires a long training period, especially to learn how to manipulate the probe. A hybrid interactive system based on mixed reality was designed, implemented and tested for hand–eye coordination training in diagnostic and interventional US. Methods : A hybrid simulator was developed integrating a physical US phantom and a software application with a 3D virtual scene. In this scene, a 3D model of the probe with its relative scan plane is coherently displayed with a 3D representation of the phantom internal structures. An evaluation study of the diagnostic module was performed by recruiting thirty-six novices and four experts. The performances of the hybrid (HG) versus physical (PG) simulator were compared. After the training session, each novice was required to visualize a particular target structure. The four experts completed a 5-point Likert scale questionnaire. Results : Seventy-eight percentage of the HG novices successfully visualized the target structure, whereas only 45 % of the PG reached this goal. The mean scores from the questionnaires were 5.00 for usefulness, 4.25 for ease of use, 4.75 for 3D perception, and 3.25 for phantom realism. Conclusions : The hybrid US training simulator provides ease of use and is effective as a hand–eye coordination teaching tool. Mixed reality can improve US probe manipulation training.

Hybrid simulation using mixed reality for interventional ultrasound imaging training

PARRINI, SIMONE
Secondo
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FERRARI, MAURO
Penultimo
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FERRARI, VINCENZO
Ultimo
2015

Abstract

Purpose : Ultrasound (US) imaging offers advantages over other imaging modalities and has become the most widespread modality for many diagnostic and interventional procedures. However, traditional 2D US requires a long training period, especially to learn how to manipulate the probe. A hybrid interactive system based on mixed reality was designed, implemented and tested for hand–eye coordination training in diagnostic and interventional US. Methods : A hybrid simulator was developed integrating a physical US phantom and a software application with a 3D virtual scene. In this scene, a 3D model of the probe with its relative scan plane is coherently displayed with a 3D representation of the phantom internal structures. An evaluation study of the diagnostic module was performed by recruiting thirty-six novices and four experts. The performances of the hybrid (HG) versus physical (PG) simulator were compared. After the training session, each novice was required to visualize a particular target structure. The four experts completed a 5-point Likert scale questionnaire. Results : Seventy-eight percentage of the HG novices successfully visualized the target structure, whereas only 45 % of the PG reached this goal. The mean scores from the questionnaires were 5.00 for usefulness, 4.25 for ease of use, 4.75 for 3D perception, and 3.25 for phantom realism. Conclusions : The hybrid US training simulator provides ease of use and is effective as a hand–eye coordination teaching tool. Mixed reality can improve US probe manipulation training.
Freschi, Cinzia; Parrini, Simone; Dinelli, N.; Ferrari, Mauro; Ferrari, Vincenzo
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