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A prototype haptic lumbar puncture simulator.

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Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Stanford University, CA 94305-5655, USA.


Lumbar punctures (LP) are complex, precise procedures done to obtain cerebro-spinal fluid from a patient for diagnostic purposes. Incorrect techniques resulting from inadequate training or supervision can result in sub-optimal outcomes. As tactile feedback is crucial for a successful lumbar puncture, this procedure serves as an ideal candidate for the development of a haptic training simulator. The intent of this project is to engineer a force feedback LP simulator that provides a safe method of training students (medical students, residents, or trained physicians) for an actual LP procedure on a patient.

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