Automated and Objective Assessment of Surgical Training: Detection of Procedural Steps on Videotaped Performances

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Abstract

With the rapid growth in competency-based performance requirements for medical resident education, there is a critical need for validated assessments of technical skills. Skill evaluation today is predominantly based on manual evaluations by expert surgeons-which is time-consuming, non-uniform, and cumbersome to work into the natural flow of training or testing events. In this paper, we propose an algorithm for automated recognition of surgical procedural steps using video analysis for the objective assessment of technical skills during surgical training. We employ a bouquet of computer vision techniques, such as template matching, for the automated detection of correct and incorrect surgical procedural steps during tracheoesophageal fistula repair. We consider specifically a simulated model of human infant anatomy used to train surgeons to perform the tracheoesophageal fistula repair procedure. Using a simulated model is key for gaining expertise in repairing this relatively rare but deadly abnormality. Our automated detection approach provides an appropriate, clinically-relevant scenario using a well-designed and validated simulator and produces a uniform, manageable and verifiable solution. The algorithm was validated on nine performances of thoracoscopic tracheoesophageal fistula ligation from surgeons with a broad range of surgical skills. The algorithm result imitates the groundtruth for the evaluations, and thus demonstrates the feasibility of the proposed work for efficient, practical and objective assessment of surgical skill during training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 International Conference on Digital Image Computing
Subtitle of host publicationTechniques and Applications, DICTA 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781467367950
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
EventInternational Conference on Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications, DICTA 2015 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: Nov 23 2015Nov 25 2015

Publication series

Name2015 International Conference on Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications, DICTA 2015

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications, DICTA 2015
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period11/23/1511/25/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Signal Processing

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