The prevalence of minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures is on the rise due to the promise of fewer complications; however, these surgeries are more technically difficult and require greater training than their traditional counterparts. To counteract this, surgeons undergo more training and utilize surgical simulators to gain experience without risking patients' health. To increase the accuracy and, therefore, effectiveness of the surgical simulators, tissue property databases have been created, such as the Human Tissue Property Database created by the Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies, which test excised tissues postmortem for their mechanical properties [1]. Databases such as this have potential beyond their utilization in simulation and may serve as a platform for automated diagnostic systems capable of characterizing the health of tissues during surgical procedures [2]. Because of the importance to surgical simulation now and in the future...

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