Design of a haptic simulator for osteosynthesis screw insertion

Ann Majewicz, Jason Glasser, Rosemary Bauer, Stephen M Belkoff, Simon C. Mears, Allison M. Okamura

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Osteosynthesis procedures require the insertion of self-tapping orthopaedic screws through bone plates and into one or two layers of cortical bone, in order stabilize the fractured bones. Applying too much torque can cause the screw to strip and lose purchase, reducing the effective hold of the screw against the plate. Experienced surgeons have developed a "feel" for the torque-rotation relationship that reduces the risk of stripping. A haptic simulator for orthopaedic screw insertion procedures is desirable for training surgeons to learn this relationship in a virtual reality practice scenario. A one-degree-of-freedom friction-based haptic device was designed and used to present bone screw insertion scenarios to expert surgeon users. Evaluation of the system indicated that realism may be improved through vertical motion of the virtual screw, and device calibration based on measurements in human bone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 IEEE Haptics Symposium, HAPTICS 2010
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2010 IEEE Haptics Symposium, HAPTICS 2010 - Waltham, MA, United States
Duration: Mar 25 2010Mar 26 2010


Other2010 IEEE Haptics Symposium, HAPTICS 2010
CountryUnited States
CityWaltham, MA



  • H.5.2 [information interfaces and presentation]: user interfaces - haptics I/O, I.6.5 [computing methodologies]: simulation and modeling - model development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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Majewicz, A., Glasser, J., Bauer, R., Belkoff, S. M., Mears, S. C., & Okamura, A. M. (2010). Design of a haptic simulator for osteosynthesis screw insertion. In 2010 IEEE Haptics Symposium, HAPTICS 2010 (pp. 497-500). [5444610]