A Single-Motor Haptic interface that generates realistic soft-tissue feedback for palpation training.
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Background and Motivation
Palpation is a key diagnostic tool that is used by medical professionals to assess the health of an individual by feeling for abnormalities in the body. It is often used in physical examinations to detect conditions such as tumors, swelling, or tenderness (pain/discomfort when an area is touched).
However, there are challenges in the conventional methods to train medical professionals to master the skills of palpation. Some limitations include:
1. Difficulty in getting consent. Currently, we only be performed on a consenting individual, and the person being examined must be comfortable with being touched.
2. Skill generalisability. The skills developed through palpation training on specific patients / volunteers may not transfer well to other individuals, as each person's body is unique and may have different characteristics.
Design Research Outcome
Research Management Skills
I want to say thank you to those who helped me with the execution of the study, especially Dr Thilina Dulantha Lalitharatne as our supervisor and Professor Thrishantha Nanayakkara who runs this research module.
Yukun (Morph Lab) and Xinran (REDS lab) helped with 3D printing and motor debugging. Rusne (Bioengineering) built the Unity application which created the foundation of the multimodal integration. Barry (Morph Lab) helped with the equipment supply and guidance on using the motor driver. All the participants taking part in the pilot trial helped us improved the system design, without which this study will not be possible.