Surgical task expertise detected by a self-organizing neural network map

06/03/2021 ∙ by Birgitta Dresp-Langley, et al. ∙ 0

Individual grip force profiling of bimanual simulator task performance of experts and novices using a robotic control device designed for endoscopic surgery permits defining benchmark criteria that tell true expert task skills from the skills of novices or trainee surgeons. Grip force variability in a true expert and a complete novice executing a robot assisted surgical simulator task reveal statistically significant differences as a function of task expertise. Here we show that the skill specific differences in local grip forces are predicted by the output metric of a Self Organizing neural network Map (SOM) with a bio inspired functional architecture that maps the functional connectivity of somatosensory neural networks in the primate brain.

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