ImaGiNe Seldinger: first simulator for Seldinger technique and angiography training

Vincent Luboz, Yan Zhang, Sheena Johnson, Yi Song, C. Kilkenny, C. Hunt, J. Zhai, H. Woolnough, S. Guediri, Nigel John, F. Bello, Derek Gould

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    In vascular interventional radiology, procedures generally start with the Seldinger technique to access the vasculature, using a needle through which a guidewire is inserted, followed by navigation of catheters within the vessels. Visual and tactile skills are learnt in a patient apprenticeship which is expensive and risky for patients. We propose a training alternative through a new virtual simulator supporting the Seldinger technique: ImaGiNe (imaging guided interventional needle) Seldinger. It is composed of two workstations: (1) a simulated pulse is palpated, in an immersive environment, to guide needle puncture and (2) two haptic devices provide a novel interface where a needle can direct a guidewire and catheter within the vessel lumen, using virtual fluoroscopy. Different complexities are provided by 28 real patient datasets. The feel of the simulation is enhanced by replicating, with the haptics, real force and flexibility measurements. A preliminary validation study has demonstrated training effectiveness for skills transfer.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)419-434
    Number of pages16
    JournalComputer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


    • Interventional radiology
    • vascular surgery
    • Seldinger technique
    • training
    • virtual simulation
    • haptics devices


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