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Haptic-Based Virtual Reality Dental Simulator as an Educational Tool

Haptic-Based Virtual Reality Dental Simulator as an Educational Tool
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Author(s): Maxim Kolesnikov (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA), Arnold D. Steinberg (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA) and Miloš Žefran (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 12
Source title: Gaming and Simulations: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-195-9.ch309

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Abstract

This chapter describes the haptic dental simulator developed at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It explores its use and advantages as an educational tool in dentistry and examines the structure of the simulator, its hardware and software components, the simulator’s functionality, reality assessment, and the users’ experiences with this technology. The authors hope that the dental haptic simulation program should provide significant benefits over traditional dental training techniques. It should facilitate students’ development of necessary tactile skills, provide unlimited practice time and require less student/instructor interaction while helping students learn basic clinical skills more quickly and effectively.

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