FundamentalVR unveils virtual reality surgery training platform with haptic feedback

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FundamentalVR revealed more details for its virtual reality surgery training platform, which uses advanced technologies such as haptic (tactile) feedback to show physicians how to perform surgeries.

Fundamental Surgery Platform Updates aim to add new realism to VR surgery to make it a better alternative to traditional methods of medical education where medical students carve up corpses.

The platform takes advantage of full force feedback kinesthetic haptics, high-fidelity graphics, and 3D spatial technology. This gives surgeons the ability to obtain tactile feedback while interacting with soft tissue on a virtual body, allowing them to manipulate and feel the texture of the anatomy as if they were in the operating room, a declared the company.

This improvement opens the door to accelerated learning in an even wider range of procedures, thus building real abilities and confidence before human interaction.

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The enhanced soft tissue capabilities are part of the company’s five-year technological and clinical journey that has seen its haptics R&D team work closely with expert surgeons and educators around the world, from leading universities as well. than space technology and medical specialists like David Farley at the Mayo Clinic.

The impact of advanced tissue capabilities is not just cutaneous. FundamentalVR said its development enables the company to provide improved and unmatched solutions for current simulations in areas such as spine, orthopedics and ophthalmology, as well as new capabilities in soft tissue surgery, interventional and many others.

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 cost-effective and safe virtual reality methodologies. This will give virtual surgery more fidelity, control, feel and visual interaction on par with practice with wet labs or cadavers, he said. He predicted that these methods could be phased out within five years.

FundamentalVR simulations are delivered through its Fundamental Surgery Platform which allows users to experience the same sights, sounds, feelings and sensations as they would in a real operating room. It combines HapticVR technology and previously unmeasurable data point analysis with advanced surgical skills to acquire precision techniques.

It is made possible by the company’s haptic intelligence engine, which provides full kinesthetic force feedback haptics in a variety of portable devices, from base station-held instruments to haptic gloves with submillimeter precision, all low cost and commercial off the shelf Hardware.

Above: Surgeons and trainees can meet in VR.

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It is profoundly changing the way immersive technology is used in medical education. Often times, virtual reality programs are primarily used to help gain knowledge. Now, by adding the most advanced haptic, state-of-the-art soft tissue simulation available, the company enables accelerated skill acquisition anywhere in the world by enabling practitioners to develop the muscle memory required for the skill and essential for a transfer. precise surgical skills.

The challenges of social distancing and reducing 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 on-the-job learning. human learning.

The benefits of virtual surgery include:

  • Scalability: The low-cost platform allows expert surgeons to advance their skills in highly specific and expert fields without the expense and logistical challenges of traditional wet labs and cadavers.
  • Distance learning: allows users to perform very complex procedures fully simulated in VR. This provides highly scalable global skills transfer programs for medical device, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers around the world.
  • Muscle retention: Surgeons can create high frequency motor skills interactions that enhance muscle retention through the ability to deliberately fail as well as to succeed.
  • Accelerated Learning: Provides users with metrics for every interaction and decision, providing a level of analysis not previously available. Specific metrics include economy of movement, 3D spatial awareness, surgical gaze, tissue preservation, and human factors such as management of adverse events and complications.
  • Progressive techniques: VR replaces clinical trials with sophistication. Through simulation, surgeons can safely test difficult procedures before entering the operating room.

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