The RASimAs project (Regional Anaesthesia Simulator and Assistant) is a European research project focusing on increasing the effectiveness and the success of regional anaesthesia (RA) through a joint effort of scientists and clinicians.
The project’s goals are to develop two different but complementary end products :
The MIMESIS team is leader of a Work Package in charge of Patient-Specific Virtual Models.
The whole operation is simulated into SOFA. The anatomy of the patient (skin, bones, muscles, nerves and vessels) is modelized based on the finite element method. A simulated needle is inserted into the limb being headed for the nerve that have to be blocked. The simulator handles an Ultra-Sound visualisation as well as electrical nerve stimulation.