ESR12 – Marine Shao

Marine Shao

Country of Origin: France
Host Institution: UWE


Marine is an engineer from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon (one of France best engineering school). Before her Master of engineering, she did a two-year training at a preparatory class for French engineering schools. Furthermore, she also did an internship on wearable sensors at a laboratory from Keio University, Japan. She worked on two research projects on osteoporosis diagnosis and on prototyping of a sensitivity sensor. She also did an apprenticeship in the medical devices industry.

Aspirations within projects

Marine is interested in designing a medical simulator for the training of senior surgeons. While there are a number of commercial organ simulators available, they tend to reproduce just the most common procedures and do not accurately replicate the properties and feel of human tissue.  Marine will be using fast prototyping techniques to produce a more realistic simulator. Her research interests lie in the domain off fast prototyping, material sciences and image processing.

ESR12: Realistic physical patient simulator for surgical training

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Combine fabrication techniques and image processing to create a realistic physical patient simulator prototype.

  • Identify the specifications of a surgical simulator.
  • Reproduce accurate soft tissues and organs using 3D printing and moulding.
  • Enhance the realism of the simulation using image processing.
  • Evaluate the outcome quantitatively and qualitatively

Shao, M.Y., Aburrous, M., Huson, D. et al.(2023) Development and validation of a hybrid simulator for ultrasound-guided laparoscopic common bile duct explorationSurg Endosc 37, 6943–6953 (2023). Doi: 10.1007/s00464-023-10168-w

Shao, M., D. Huson, J. Clark (2022) Simulation of laparoscopic ultrasound imaging and suturing of the bile duct using silicone, Proc. SPIE 12034, Medical Imaging 2022: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling, 1203423). Doi: 10.1117/12.2611340

Shao, M., T. Vagg, M. Seibold, M. Doughty (2022) Towards a Low-Cost Monitor-Based Augmented Reality Training Platform for At-Home Ultrasound Skill Development. Journal of Imaging, 8(11), pp. 305. Doi: 10.3390/jimaging8110305

Shao, M., J. Clark, D. Huson and J. Hardeberg (2022) Real-time Style Transfer for Videos to Enhance the Realism of Simulation of Laparoscopic Surgeries, 2022 10th European Workshop on Visual Information Processing (EUVIP), 2022, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1109/EUVIP53989.2022.9922706.

Shao, M., C. Parraman and D. Huson; (2020) Physical Patient Simulators for Surgical Training: A Review. Society for Imaging Science and Technology, 2020, London Imaging Meeting 2020: Future Colour Imaging, pp. 124-128(5). DOI: