Mimic Technologies today announced a newly designed robotic simulation platform that will help close the learning gap for surgeons new to the da Vinci Surgical System. As part of Mimic’s ongoing effort to provide realistic and independently validated simulation technology to the world’s robotic surgeons, the new MSim. 2.0™ software platform will be available to hospitals and surgeons worldwide beginning February 11, 2013.
MSim 2.0 is the new simulation software platform for the dV-Trainer, the surgical simulator designed to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci Surgery System. This new simulation software offers enhanced graphics and advanced suturing and knot-tying technology, important for today’s surgeons developing their skill in robotic surgery. Mimic’s MSim platform, introduced in 2007, is the most rapidly adopted and widely used robotic surgery simulation platform with over 1,000 installations.
“The essence of surgical simulation training is being able to provide highly realistic and independently validated exercises that give the surgeon the real experience of surgery, in order to help reduce the learning curve and ultimately reduce medical error,” said Dr. Jeff Berkley, CEO and founder of Mimic Technologies. “Our customers are always asking for more realistic looking environments and instruments, plus the ability to practice suturing and knot tying in a simulated environment to further address the need for robotic skills training. MSim 2.0 will offer this and more to our current and new dV-Trainer customers”
The new simulation software platform will more precisely simulate the robotic surgery experience with the following features:
- Highly realistic training scenarios built on the most advanced simulation platform in industry
- State-of-the-art rendering of virtual environments, including real-time shadows, depth of field, and lighting bloom effects
- Advanced suturing and knot tying technology, enabling effective training of square- and surgeons knot tying, horizontal and vertical laceration suturing, and interrupted suturing
- 45+ basic and advanced skills exercises utilizing new platform and integrating with MScore for accurate scoring and assessment
- Updated high-quality 3D models of virtual instruments (created from the original da Vinci CAD files
- Highly efficient software architecture enabling rapid development of new training content and exercises
“No matter where they are located, surgery centers around the world all share common challenges – learning curves with robotic surgery and mounting pressure to perform well in the OR with fewer resources and a need for efficiency,” said Dr. Arnold Advincula, medical director, Gynecologic Robotic Surgery Program, Florida Hospital Global Robotics Institute.
“To address challenges posed by cost pressures and learning curves, surgery centers want solutions that help them train surgeons on the daVinci robot efficiently and with accuracy. Reliable, realistic, and easy-to-use simulation platforms can help surgeons get ahead of the learning curve,” he said.
Mimic Technologies introduced MSim 2.0 at the 41st Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology (AAGL) earlier this year. Additional launches at major meetings, including the International Meeting in Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) and American Urological Association’s Annual Meeting (AUA), have been scheduled.