A virtual reality environment is being developed within the ARTUS project, within which real patient data can be used (MRI, CT, ultrasound) in order to create a 3D model of the patient. This 3D model can be used by doctors, doctors in training and external students by looking „through‟ the body from the outside and carrying out actions with needles. Realistic force feedback about needle - tissue interaction is provided using haptic interfaces. The model to simulate the forces is based of measurements on human cadavers and porcine tissue. These measurements were performed by MISIT in collaboration with the Department of Anatomy of Maastricht UMC and the company Hemolab.
Two medical operations are developed into a complete training module/simulation within this project: taking a biopsy in the liver and carrying out a nephrostomy. The project has been set up in such a way that the development of new training modules can be carried out on the same platform.
In addition to TU Delft the following partners are invlved in the project: Catharina Hospital – Urology; D&L Graphics; GBO Design-Engineering; Hemolab; Maastricht UMC+; and Virtual Proteins.
ARTUS is financed through investments by the above partners and with a subsidy from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Province of Limburg, the Province of Brabant and the Collaboration Agreement with the Eindhoven Region through the Pieken in de Delta 2009 subsidy programme.