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    Real-time simulation of the nonlinear visco-elastic deformations of soft tissues

    , Article International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery ; Volume 6, Issue 3 , 2011 , Pages 297-307 ; 18616410 (ISSN) Basafa, E ; Farahmand, F ; Sharif University of Technology
    Purpose: Mass-spring-damper (MSD) models are often used for real-time surgery simulation due to their fast response and fairly realistic deformation replication. An improved real time simulation model of soft tissue deformation due to a laparoscopic surgical indenter was developed and tested. Method: The mechanical realization of conventional MSD models was improved using nonlinear springs and nodal dampers, while their high computational efficiency was maintained using an adapted implicit integration algorithm. New practical algorithms for model parameter tuning, collision detection, and simulation were incorporated. Results: The model was able to replicate complex biological soft tissue...