Porto Alegre, June 6, 2018
Students and residents at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre have a new technology for training in otorhinolaryngology surgery. The Voxel-Man ENT surgery simulator was installed this week at the Laboratory of Medical Research in Neuroanatomy and Otorhinolaryngology of the Department of Morphological Sciences. It is the so far southernmost installation of this kind of simulator, as well as the first in Brazil.
For use in undergraduate and postgraduate activities at UFRGS, Voxel-Man ENT allows for a complete training of anatomy and surgical approaches in a safe environment. As Professor Geraldo Pereira Jotz of the Department of Morphological Sciences explains, the system is a training tool for surgery of temporal bone and paranasal sinuses, two particularly delicate structures of the human body. It contains various structures at risk such as vessels and nerves. On the simulator, you can feel the consistency of the material as if it were a real intervention. The simulator also allows the user to monitor the training progress by recording interactions with the machine and presenting an analysis of the performance.
In the morning, a presentation of Voxel-Man ENT was held in presence of Chief of Staff João Roberto Braga de Mello, the director and deputy director of the Institute of Health Sciences (ICBS), Ilma Simoni Brum da Sila and Marcelo Lazzaron Lamers, ICBS teachers and representatives of Voxel-Man and Biomedica. Professors Jotz and Joel Lavinsky demonstrated the main functionalities.