Objective surgical skill evaluation

  • Author / Creator
    Anderson, Fraser
  • It is essential for surgeons to have their skill evaluated prior to entering the oper- ating room. Most evaluation methods currently in use are subjective, relying on human judgment to assess trainees. Recently, sensors have been used to track the positions of instruments and the forces applied to them by surgeons, opening up the possibility of automated skill analysis. This thesis presents a newly developed recording system, and novel methods used to automatically analyze surgical skill within the context of laparoscopic procedures. The evaluation methods are tested using an empirical study involving a number of participants with a wide range of surgical skill.

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    Master of Science
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    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Computing Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Boulanger, Pierre (Computing Science)
    • Bischof, Walter F. (Computing Science)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Sander, Joerg (Computing Science)
    • Birch, Daniel W. (Surgery)