With the latest MSim™ software update to the dV-Trainer robotic surgery simulator, Mimic Technologies is providing customers and research partners with a preview of forthcoming augmented video simulation technology.
The new procedure-specific simulation training module for partial nephrectomy was developed in collaboration with Inderbir S. Gill, MD (Chairman and Professor of the Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology, Founding Executive Director of the USC Institute of Urology and Associate Dean for Clinical Innovation, Keck School of Medicine of USC) and Andrew J. Hung, MD (Clinical Fellow, Advanced Robotics and Laparoscopy, Keck School of Medicine of USC).
This new training technique will enable users to advance clinical decision-making skills as they use virtual robotic instruments to interact with anatomical regions within augmented 3D surgical video footage of a case performed by Dr. Gill. Trainees will learn to identify anatomy, anticipate tissue retractions, predict regions for dissection and refine surgical skills such as suturing. The interactive module includes audio narration from Dr. Gill to bring the user through the steps of the procedure.
“Many thought leaders in the robotic surgery community have suggested that procedure-specific simulation training would be an incredibly useful new approach to promote skill development, especially for less experienced surgeons,” said Jeff Berkley, CEO, Mimic Technologies Inc. “Through our collaboration with Drs. Gill and Hung, we could not be more delighted to now show our existing partners and customers how far we’ve come in making it a reality.”
The full partial nephrectomy procedure module is exclusively available from Mimic on the dV-Trainer, and available for purchase for May 2014 delivery.
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New component for the dV-Trainer® facilitates better teamwork between the console-side surgeon and first assistant
Mimic Technologies Inc. debuts the new Xperience Team Trainer robotic surgery simulator at the 14th annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), January 25-29, 2014, San Francisco.
The Xperience Team Trainer is the first system exclusively designed to help the robotic surgeon’s first assistant gain experience and refine skills in a simulation environment. The new simulator functions as a complementary hardware unit for the dV-Trainer® simulator, featuring two movable laparoscopic tool ports for use by the first assistant. This enables the first assistant and console surgeon to safely train together outside of the OR.
Within the robotic surgical environment, cooperation between the console-side surgeon and first assistant is critical for efficient, effective performance. A high level of teamwork requires precise verbal communication and the ability to anticipate and react to one another’s movements during common procedural tasks.
“As the saying goes, ‘Separation is in the preparation,’” said Jeff Berkley, CEO and founder, Mimic Technologies Inc. “The first assistant’s role in influencing procedures is crucial, and perhaps underappreciated. Giving the console-side surgeon and the first assistant the chance to train together should be a tremendous asset for institutions looking to maximize patient safety and overall efficiency in robotics.”
Many of the most effective basic skills exercises on the dV-Trainer have been modified to accommodate the first assistant. These exercises build teamwork and synchronization for common maneuvers such as needle passing, tissue retraction and clip application.
“The Xperience Team Trainer should benefit institutions looking to maximize preparedness of their robotic surgery teams,” said Dr. John Lenihan, Medical Director of Robotics & Minimally Invasive Surgery, MultiCare Health Systems (Tacoma WA), Assistant Professor of OB-GYN, University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle WA). “The new team exercises are an innovative method to help the first assistant refine their working relationship with the console-side surgeon.”
The Xperience Team Trainer leverages Mimic’s unique MScore™ evaluation system, which factors in comprehensive metrics and experienced surgeon data. MScore allows options for scoring the surgeon’s and first assistant’s performance on exercises separately, as well as for combined proficiency.
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Mimic Technologies Inc., founded in 2001 and based in Seattle, WA, is a pioneer and leader in robotic surgery simulation and training. The dV-Trainer was the first simulator to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci® Surgery System from Intuitive Surgical.
dV-Trainer® Software Upgrade Provides Surgeons with Enhanced Performance, More Options for Robotic Surgery Simulation and Training
Mimic Technologies announced today the release of MSim™ 2.1, the latest simulation software platform for the dV-Trainer® robotic surgery simulator. MSim 2.1 is being provided to dV-Trainer customers and Mimic research partners worldwide.
Based on Mimic’s proprietary 3D simulation technology, the dV-Trainer provides the most realistic and life-like robotic surgery simulation for the da Vinci robot in the industry.
The MSim 2.1 upgrade expands and refines suturing and knot tying exercises on the dV-Trainer, improving realism and simulating a broader set of surgical tasks. Six suturing exercises are now fully integrated, giving researchers and institutions confidence that these can now be used in studies and curricula.
Tube closure and tube anastomosis exercises are available for the first time, providing dV-Trainer users the opportunity to develop more challenging, procedure-relevant suturing skills.
In total, the release brings more than 40 new features and functionality upgrades.
“MSim 2.1 is the latest example of our commitment to providing surgeons with
unparalleled training and simulation solutions,“ said Jeff Berkley, CEO, Mimic Technologies. “This release offers advanced features and new exercises immediately, yet it’s also indicative of our long-term mission to provide customers with a solid pathway toward new robotic simulation instruments and techniques as they become available.”
The MSim platform provides high quality 3D models of virtual instruments created from the original CAD files for the Intuitive Surgical da Vinci® robotic system. MSim offers unique advantages in user evaluation through proficiency-based performance metrics with MScore™, which contains data collected from more than 100 experienced surgeons with over 75 robotic cases completed.
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USC Researchers Confirm Training Value of Simulator Prototype
A new study validating a first of its kind prototype using augmented reality in surgical training was presented at a major medical meeting today. Augmented reality combines three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated objects and text superimposed onto real images and 3D surgical video footage, all in real time.
“The study’s results represent a significant move forward in training technology for robotic surgeons,” says Dr. Inderbir S. Gill, chairman & professor, Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. “After using the new prototype, experienced surgeons rated the new training module as ‘very realistic’ and ‘very useful’ for new residents after performing hundreds of robotic cases.”
Mimic Technologies, the company that developed the simulation platform for the da Vinci robot, has built a proof of concept simulator by which surgeons manipulate their own virtual robot and interact with content within a 3D recording of robotic surgery. Researchers at the University of Southern California are collaborating with Mimic to determine the training value of a prototype training module that introduces this simulation technology.
The study evaluated the validity of all aspects of the prototype and will give feedback on what concepts provide the best training value. The knowledge gained will provide valuable insight as development moves from prototype to commercial product. This study was presented with a published abstract at the American Urological Association (AUA) meeting on May 7, 2013.
“Surgeons will now be able to have a more genuine experience prior to surgery, which will help better prepare them for actual surgery,” added Dr. Gill.
Pre-study questionnaires were used to classify participants as either novice or experts. Further exercises then assessed the levels of expertise. Study participants tested the first application of the technology, which allows surgeons to observe 3D video of an actual robotic kidney surgery while operating with virtual reality instruments. This combination of technologies allows the surgeon to identify the anatomy, demonstrate technical skills, and learn the steps of a highly complex operation.
“Augmented reality may prove to be an effective means for introducing surgeons to unique surgical scenarios that might not be encountered under a normal case load,” says Dr. Jeff Berkley, founder and CEO of Mimic Technologies. “This new technology addresses the challenge of procedure-specific training, where every recorded surgical case has the potential to be converted into an augmented reality training experience.”
In surgical centers worldwide, existing virtual reality simulators for robotic surgery focus training on basic surgical skills. Future research will focus on organ-specific procedures, in order to further replicate highly specialized training procedures.
“Now we can train using real live video footage from the operating room that simulates the actual surgical environment, allowing the surgeon to operate in an interactive way,” says Dr. Andrew Hung, principal investigator and chief resident of Urology at the University of Southern California. “After all, if it does not seem real, you are basically just playing a video game.”
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.