Tele-virtual surgery with sharing tactile sensations between Japan and Germany

Asaki Hattori, Naoki Suzuki, Shigeyuki Suzuki, Akihiro Takatsu, Max P. Baur, Andreas Hirner, Shuichi Takahashi, Susumu Kobayashi, Yoji Yamazaki, Yoshitaka Adachi, Takahiro Kumano, Akio Ikemoto

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In this paper, we report the results of a tele-virtual surgery experiment between Japan and Germany. In this experiment, we tried to use a 1ch ISDN line. Participants at each location employed two graphic workstations for the surgical simulation and tele-conference. Each workstation had a force feedback device. These devices conveyed tactile sensations to the surgeons during the virtual surgical operation. A simulated hepatectomy was chosen for the experiment. Surgeons in each location palpated the patient's abdominal skin, and made electrical scalpel incisions and widened the incision line by using surgical tools in virtual space. We conducted an experiment in which two surgeons simulated virtual surgery while sharing identical tactile sensations over a long distance. It was possible to obtain real-time tele-virtual surgery without a large capacity communication infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2423-2425
Number of pages3
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Force feedback device
  • Surgical simulation
  • Tele-virtual surgery
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics


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