A virtual environment for esophageal intubation training

T. Kesavadas, Dhananjay Joshi, James Mayrose, Kevin Chugh

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Esophageal intubations are performed for urgent airway control in injured patients. Current methods of training include working on cadavers and mannequins, which lack the realism of a living human being. Work in this field has been limited due to the complex nature of simulating in real-time the interactive forces and deformations which occur during an actual patient intubation. This study addressed the issue of intubation training in an attempt to bridge the gap between actual and virtual patient scenarios. The two haptic devices along with the real-time performance of the simulator give it both visual and physical realism. The three dimensional viewing and interaction available through virtual reality make it possible for physicians, pre-hospital personnel and students to practice many esophageal intubations without ever touching a patient. The ability for a medical professional to practice a procedure multiple times prior to performing it on a patient will both enhance the skill of the individual while reducing the risk to the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 02/10 - Digital Upgrades
Subtitle of host publicationApplying Moore's Law to Health
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)1586032038, 9781586032036
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event10th Annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference, MMVR 2002 - Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 23 2002Jan 26 2002

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other10th Annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference, MMVR 2002
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNewport Beach, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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