Engineering Minute

Engineering Minute – low-cost needle-insertion simulator

Researchers at Penn State College of Engineering have created a haptic-force needle-insertion simulator that offers a low-cost solution for medical professionals in training. The hand-held device simulates what it feels like when a needle passes through several layers of tissue, providing tactical feedback to the clinician. Additionally, a computer program assesses the user's performance and provides feedback in real-time. The needle simulator is slated to cost less than $100 which is a major break from traditional methods using costly mannequins. Learn more about the haptic-force needle-insertion simulator at Penn State College of Engineering.

low-cost needle-insertion simulator on a table