Rozenblit Gives Doctors a Better Feel for Laparoscopic Surgery

Jerzy Rozenblit demonstrates his Computer-Aided Surgical Trainer.

With $1.9 million from the National Science Foundation, University of Arizona Distinguished Professor and Raymond J. Oglethorpe Endowed Chair Jerzy Rozenblit is developing and testing a training device that reduces surgical errors by giving surgeons a better grasp of noninvasive surgical techniques.

The Computer-Aided Surgical Trainer system will be the first to provide haptic guidance and augmented reality images for trainees when directly manipulating surgical instruments.

Under the leadership of co-principal investigator Allan Hamilton, who holds an ECE joint appointment, the CAST system will also make its way into classrooms in the UA College of Medicine - Tucson for a pilot clinical training study.

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