Seeing with the hands and with the eyes: The contributions of haptic cues to anatomical shape recognition in surgery

Madeleine Keehner, Richard K. Lowe

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    Abstract

    Medical experts routinely need to identify the shapes of anatomical structures, and surgeons report that they depend substantially on touch to help them with this process. In this paper, we discuss possible reasons why touch may be especially important for anatomical shape recognition in surgery, and why in this domain haptic cues may be at least as informative about shape as visual cues. We go on to discuss modern surgical methods, in which these haptic cues are substantially diminished. We conclude that a potential future challenge is to find ways to reinstate these important cues and to help surgeons recognize shapes in the restricted sensory conditions of minimally invasive surgery.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAAAI Spring Symposium - Technical Report
    Pages8-14
    Number of pages7
    VolumeSS-10-02
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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    Keehner, M., & Lowe, R. K. (2010). Seeing with the hands and with the eyes: The contributions of haptic cues to anatomical shape recognition in surgery. In AAAI Spring Symposium - Technical Report (Vol. SS-10-02, pp. 8-14)