Speeding innovation for industry
CEA-List—a leader in haptic technologies—started developing its first training platform in 2011. Dubbed Skills, this tool provides a realistic way of simulating mandibular osteotomy surgery. CEA-List leveraged its close relationships with surgeons, the Institut Faire Faces (IFF) headed by Prof. Bernard Devauchelle, and SimUSanté, the healthcare simulation and training center, to tackle this new challenge. CEA-List and digital anatomical solutions provider Anatoscope worked together on a project using haptic simulation of human anatomy to familiarize future doctors with the forces they will feel during a clinical examination or therapeutic procedure.
Specifically, the researchers developed a knee examination training tool based on magneto-rheological brake technology. This technology mimics the sensations experienced when diagnosing torn ligaments and is perfectly suited to simulating knee joint laxity. During a clinical examination, medics most often feel the reactive forces that oppose the movement that they themselves are applying. These reactive forces can easily be reproduced using the brakes developed.
SimUSanté at Amiens University Medical Center has since successfully demonstrated this innovative technology. The teams now plan to incorporate it into a specialized leg training tool or full-size dummies in the near future. Continuing its work with the IFF and Anatoscope, CEA-List's next step is to develop even more complex solutions, in particular to simulate mandibular dislocation reduction.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.