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FundamentalVR has unveiled more details about its virtual reality surgery training platform, which uses advanced technologies such as tactical (haptic) feedback to show doctors how to perform surgeries.
Updates to the fundamental surgery platform want to add new realism to VR surgery to make it a better alternative to traditional methods of medical education where medical students cut corpses.
The platform is leveraged to complete the kinesthetic haptic of force feedback, high-fidelity graphics and 3D space technology. This gives surgeons the ability to get tactile feedback as they interact with the soft tissues of a virtual body, allowing them to manipulate and feel the texture of the anatomy as if they were in the operating room, the company said.
This improvement opens the door to accelerated learning in an even wider range of procedures, creating real capacity and confidence before human interaction.
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The improved soft tissue capabilities are part of the company’s five-year clinical and technological journey that has seen its haptic R&D team work closely with surgeons and education experts from around the world, who come from major universities as well. such as space technology and medical specialists such as David Farley at the Mayo Clinic.
The impact of advanced tissue capabilities is not just on the skin. FundamentalVR said its development enables the company to offer unprecedented and improved solutions for current simulations in areas such as spine, orthopedics and ophthalmology, as well as new capabilities in soft tissue surgery, interventional and many more.
Richard Vincent, CEO of London-based FundamentalVR, said in a statement that the company’s technology will accelerate learning and transform traditional medical education into safe and cost-effective RV methodologies. It will give virtual surgery more fidelity, control, sensation and visual interaction at the same time as practice with wet labs or corpses, he said. He predicted that these methods could be eliminated in five years.
FundamentalVR simulations are offered through its fundamental surgery platform that allows users to experience the same sights, sounds, feelings and sensations as in a real operating room. It combines HapticVR technology and data point analysis that until now could not be measured with advanced surgical skills that allow for the acquisition of precision techniques.
It makes this possible thanks to the company’s haptic intelligence engine, which provides a full kinesthetic force response capability on a wide variety of portable devices, ranging from station-based instruments to haptic gloves within a precision submillimeter, all low cost and commercial for sale. hardware.
It profoundly changes the way immersive technology is used in medical education. RV programs are often used primarily to help acquire knowledge. Now, by adding a state-of-the-art soft tissue simulation to the most advanced haptics available, the company enables the accelerated acquisition of skills anywhere in the world, as it allows professionals to build the muscle memory needed for competition and essential for accurate transfer of surgical skills.
The challenges of social distancing and the reduction of elective surgeries have fueled an increase in the use of basic surgery, which was already deployed before the pandemic, as a credible alternative to in-person and human learning. .
The benefits of virtual surgery include:
- Scalability: The low-cost platform allows expert surgeons to advance skills in highly accurate and expert areas, without the expense and logistical challenges of traditional wet laboratories and corpses.
- Remote education: allows users to perform highly complex and simulated procedures in VR. This provides highly scalable global skill transfer programs for medical, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical device customers worldwide.
- Muscle Retention: Surgeons can create high-frequency motor skill interactions that generate muscle retention through the ability to deliberately fail and succeed.
- Accelerated Learning: Provides users with measures for each interaction and decision, providing a level of analysis that was not previously available. Specific metrics include movement economics, 3D spatial awareness, surgical gaze, tissue preservation, and human factors, such as dealing with adverse events and complications.
- Progressive techniques: RV replaces clinical trials with sophistication. Through the simulation, surgeons can safely test difficult procedures before entering the operating room.
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