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Release date- 29082013 - In the future, should you need complicated surgery, the surgeon will be able to prepare and even practice for the procedure on a virtual simulation of your own body or body part that needs attention.
The technology is currently in development to create complete whole body 'simulations' to train surgeons and other medical professional how to undertake various medical procedures, using 'virtual' dummies that appear to be there, and even 'feel' as though they're there, by use of 3D computer graphics haptic or 'force feedback' devices.
Prof John has recently returned from a
Prof John said: 'We are now planning to work together on projects for training endoscopy procedures, and for image driven haptics - devices which allow force and tactile feedback to be added to interaction with medical images.'
While computer-based simulation technology can provide a safe environment for training medical procedures, there are many issues to overcome, from technology limitations, human factors, and validation.
They also recently launched a tablet computer app that can be used by trainee brain surgeons to practice a procedure to drain excess fluid causing pressure inside the brain, a procedure commonly performed in neurosurgery departments.
Llyr ap Cenydd, from the Advanced Medical Imaging and Visualization Unit, developed the 'VCath' app, designed to take a neurosurgical trainee through the steps of positioning and inserting a catheter into the brain of a virtual 3D patient. He worked in collaboration with Mr
Professor John commented: 'Training using this and other cost effective simulators will help to provide medical trainees with the necessary skills for safe and effective completion of various procedures. They provide a platform for repeat practice and have the potential to improve patient outcomes, safety and experience. At
Commenting on the VCath app,
'Neurosurgery is a high risk speciality and providing safe training opportunities for surgeons is always a challenge. This training tool allows the trainee to acquire most of the skills needed for this procedure in an environment that is safe and risk free. It promotes discussion with trainers and is excellent at embedding the required skills'
'VCath is an exciting new iPad application which allows trainees to learn the basic theoretical and practical skills of ventricular catheterisation in a realistic simulated environment. It is a valuable tool for enhancing the learning of a core skill set and is a significant advance for applying simulation to neurosurgical training'
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