A virtual 3D liver is being used by surgeons to practise keyhole surgery before they perform operations on patients.
The virtual liver is a new system to practise keyhole surgery to remove tumours and the system can also be used to train several surgeons at the same time. The system simulates laparoscopic and robotic surgery, with tissue resistance allowing surgeons to practise the exact surgery proposed for an individual patient.
The system has been developed under the pan-European EUREKA Odysseus project and has been created using information from MRI and CT scans.
With the 3D images, surgeons can see the blood vessels in the patient’s liver, which helps them understand how the liver is segmented.