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In the field of medical diagnosis, there is a strong need to determine mechanical properties of biological tissue, which are of histological and pathological relevance. Malignant tumors are significantly stiffer than surrounding healthy tissue. One of the established diagnosis procedures is the palpation of body organs and tissue. Palpation is used to(More)
Mechanical properties of biological tissue represent important diagnostic information and are of histological relevance (hard lesions, "nodes" in organs: tumors; calcifications in vessels: arteriosclerosis). The problem is, that such information is usually obtained by digital palpation only, which is limited with respect to sensitivity. It requires(More)
The development of a novel system for the generation and representation of haptic information in virtual reality is described. With this system the stiffness distribution of mechanically inhomogeneous objects can be detected and made perceivable for users at distant locations. The sensor part is based on ultrasonic elastography and the actuator part(More)
A novel system for the generation and representation of haptic information in virtual reality is described. With this system the stiffness distribution of mechanically inhomogeneous objects can be detected and made perceivable for users at distant locations. The sensor part is based on ultrasonic elastography and the actuator part utilizes the ability of(More)
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