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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25417

Title: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Laparoscopic Surgery Training Tasks
Authors: Bahrami, Parisa
Advisor: Schweizer, Tom
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Keywords: fMRI
Laparoscopic Surgery
Issue Date: 14-Dec-2010
Abstract: Previous studies have shown that not all surgical residents can acquire the required skills for performing laparoscopic surgery. Therefore, the training methods can be improved to accommodate trainees with different psychomotor abilities. The first step towards improving training methods is understanding the brain function in performing the laparoscopic surgery training tasks, which can be facilitated by neuroimaging methods such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). In this study, a laparoscopic surgery training box for use in fMRI was developed. Experiments confirmed the fMRI-compatibility of the device. Nine right-handed subjects underwent fMRI while performing the surgical training tasks after ten practice sessions in a simulated fMRI environment. Behavioural and fMRI results confirmed the feasibility of using this simulator and revealed the neuroanatomical correlates associated with performing the training tasks. Accordingly, this study may facilitate the evidence-based development of strategies to improve the quality of laparoscopy training and assessment strategies.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25417
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Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering - Master theses

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