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This paper deals with a new mechanical birth simulator (BirthSIM). Currently available birth simulators provide manikins that include new-born head and maternal pelvis but they do not produce the movements of the new-born in the mother's pelvis. Furthermore available maternal pelvis do not include interface pressure and are not enough realistic to simulate(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to create a new instrument for the training of doctors in the use of forceps and to compare the trajectories of forceps blades between junior and senior obstetricians. STUDY DESIGN We equipped a simulator and forceps with spatial location sensors. The head of the fetus was in an occipitoanterior location, at a "+5"(More)
In this paper, the authors describe the design of a bendable robotic tip for semi-autonomous colonoscopy called COLOBOT. It is a flexible robotic manipulator made of silicone rubber in view of the compact size and biocompatibility. The outer diameter of the tip is 17 mm which is lesser than the average diameter of colon (20 mm). Three servo-valves are used(More)
BACKGROUND In obstetrics, manipulations are mainly learned during real deliveries. To minimize the risks linked to such training, we propose a childbirth simulator as a teaching tool in hospitals. More specifically, we focus on training with forceps during obstetric manipulation. METHODS The training method can be divided into two steps: the teaching of(More)
Today, medical simulators are increasingly gaining appeal in clinical settings. In obstetrics childbirth simulators provide a training and research tool for comparing various techniques that use obstetrical instruments or validating new methods. Especially in the case of difficult deliveries, the use of obstetrical instruments-such as forceps, spatulas, and(More)
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Today, medical simulators are increasingly gaining attraction in clinical settings. These tools allow physicians to visualize the positions of organs, plan surgical interventions, and carry out more comprehensive post operative monitoring. A childbirth simulator provides a risk-free training and research tool for comparing various techniques that use(More)
This paper presents a novel bilateral control scheme for pneumatic teleoperation systems that are actuated by low-cost solenoid valves. A sliding mode control is incorporated into a two-channel, bilateral teleoperation architecture involving position-position, force-force, or force-position schemes. An analysis of stability and transparency of the(More)