With Voxel-Man surgery simulators, you can practice difficult and dangerous interventions as often as needed in a safe environment. Based on virtual reality (VR) techniques, they present a visual, auditory and haptic experience close to a real intervention.
Voxel-Man simulators include Voxel-Man ENT with its modules Tempo for temporal bone drilling, Sinus for endoscopic sinus surgery, My Cases for importing own cases from CT, and Voxel-Man Dental for dentistry.
Compared to other training methods, Voxel-Man simulators provide a number of decisive advantages, both with respect to the quality and the costs of training.
1. Easy access at any time
Voxel-Man simulators can be used whenever there is some time available. There are no lengthy preparations before work, and no cleanup afterwards.
2. Non-destructive simulation
No specimens, disposable models or other consumables need to be ordered, stored, and disposed of. There are no related costs, and you never run out of stock.
3. Safe and realistic training environment
Voxel-Man simulators present the surgical site with highly realistic visuals, sound, and haptics (US Patent No. 8,396,698). Since everything is represented inside a computer, they are perfectly safe for students and patients.
4. Particularly beneficial for junior residents
One of the greatest challenges for a junior resident is to master the surgical anatomy. With Voxel-Man simulators, all approaches can be practiced as often as needed. The anatomy may be inspected from all sides, and the bone can be removed to see the structures at risk. The surgical site can also be inspected on a navigation CT.
5. Reduced costs for surgical training lab
With essential parts of the junior resident training on the simulator, the surgical training lab can be considerably smaller.
6. Training cases with natural variability and pathologies
Voxel-Man simulators provide a number of predefined cases, covering the natural variability and some typical pathologies.
7. Objective skills assessment
Voxel-Man simulators provide predefined tasks and an automatic assessment of the student’s performance. Errors are reported and may be discussed based on a video capture of the session. Results and learning curves may be inspected for individuals and groups.
If you prefer to have your own training cases and tasks, you can do this as well. With the My Cases module, you can load your own patient data from CT and make them available as training cases.
Furthermore, for every case (predefined or imported), it is possible to create own master preparations and make them available as tasks, in the same way as the built-in tasks.
9. One platform
All Voxel-Man simulators share a common hardware platform, which makes them particularly suitable for simulation centers.
10. Software updates
Voxel-Man provides regular updates of the simulator software with new features, improvements and bug fixes for the best user experience.
11. Validation studies
A considerable number of independent validation studies are available.