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Issue No. 03 - July-September (2011 vol. 4)
ISSN: 1939-1412
pp: 153-154
Allison M. Okamura , Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305
Cagatay Basdogan , College of Engineering, Koc University, Istanbul, 34450 Turkey
Sarah Baillie , Royal Veterinary College, London, AL9 7TA United Kingdom
William S. Harwin , School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AY, United Kingdom
This special section is about understanding the role of touch in medicine and clinical skill acquisition. three major areas of haptics in medicine and clinical skill acquisition are identified, and papers are presented on each of these topics in the special section: 1. Human haptic perception and motor performance as relevant to medical examinations and procedures. This includes characterization of the nature of haptic information, and how it is perceived, which is necessary to understand how medical professionals use haptics in medical examinations and interventions. 2. Haptic systems and the role of haptics in training and evaluating clinical skills. Haptic simulators address a growing need for effective training and evaluation of clinical skills. Such simulators can be applied in a wide variety of medical professions and disciplines, including surgery, interventional radiology, anaesthesiology, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the allied health professions. These simulators rely on both technology development (devices, software, and systems) and an understanding of how humans use haptic feedback to perform established clinical skills or learn novel skills. 3. Using haptics to improve the performance of medical interventions. Current trends in interventional medicine remove direct contact between the patient and the clinician. Bilateral teleoperators and "smart" instruments that use tactile sensing/display devices, sensory substitutions systems, and other methods to enhance haptic feedback to a clinician should improve the performance of interventions.
Special issues and sections, Medical services, Patient rehabilitation

A. M. Okamura, C. Basdogan, S. Baillie and W. S. Harwin, "Haptics in medicine and clinical skill acquisition [special section intro.]," in IEEE Transactions on Haptics, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 153-154, 2011.
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