WIT Press


An Internal Examination Training System Supporting Abnormal Labor Conditions

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BIO090281

Volume

13

Pages

10

Page Range

303 - 312

Published

2009

Size

1,268 kb

Author(s)

A. Doi, K. Noguchi, K. Katamachi, T. Ishii, H. Uno, S. Mega & K. Matsui

Abstract

For obstetricians and midwives, \“internal examination” refers to an important diagnostic technique in which the progress of labor is examined using the index and middle fingers inserted into the vagina or rectum. Training of this internal examination technique has been commonly performed using a model of the human body (manikin). However, with this method, it was impossible to determine visually where and how the examining fingers are touching, making it difficult for trainers to teach advanced examination skills efficiently and evaluate training achievements. Against this background, we have developed a training system for internal examination that enables simulation of normal and abnormal conditions of labor by detecting the position and direction of the examining fingers in real-time via tactile and visual perceptions using anatomical and virtual models. This system allows trainees to experience both normal and abnormal fetal descent into the pelvis. Keywords: virtual models, manikin, magnetic sensor, internal examination, a training system.

Keywords

virtual models, manikin, magnetic sensor, internal examination, a training system.