Mimic Technologies has launched Maestro AR, a new augmented reality software module. The module is available exclusively on the dV-Trainer® robotic surgery simulator. This robotic surgery simulation technology provides 3D virtual equipment for interacting with anatomy and that too in a 3D video surrounding. Those who want to get Maestro AR will find it in a multi-specialty package. If you want to know more about this, you can have a look at this post.
The multi-specialty package includes modules of Prostatectomy, Hysterectomy and General Surgery, which are currently in the development phase for future delivery. In the package, Partial Nephrectomy module is also there, which is available for present use. The demonstration of Maestro AR for Partial Nephrectomy will be done at the American Urological Association (AUA) annual meeting which will be held from 17th May, 2014 to 20th May, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The Mimic Technologies booth is where it will be demonstrated.
Inderbir S. Gill, MD, Chairman and Professor of the Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology, Associate Dean for Clinical Innovation, Keck School of Medicine of USC and Founding Executive Director of the USC Institute of Urology, collaborated with Andrew J. Hung, MD, Clinical Fellow, Advanced Robotics and Laparoscopy, Keck School of Medicine of USC to develop the Maestro AR for Partial Nephrectomy.
How does it help the Trainees?
With the help of the dV-Trainer, the trainees of Partial Nephrectomy interact with anatomical areas. They use virtual robotic equipment within the augmented 3D video. The video which is included in the module to teach the trainees has been taken from an original Partial Nephrectomy case which was performed by Dr. Gill.
Apart from the augmented 3D video, an audio narration from Dr. Gill is also there in the module. The narration gives the trainees guidance through the five steps they have to undertake during the procedure. The steps include (not in any particular order):
- Kocherization of duodenum
- Colon mobilization
- Completion of kidney mobilization
- Tumor excision and renorrhaphy
- Hilar dissection
The trainees will be able to categorize anatomy, make anticipations of tissue retractions, envisage areas for dissection and improve their surgical skills, as they continue through the module. A virtual reality renorrhaphy skills exercise is embedded in Partial Nephrectomy, which is designed to be same as that of the needle pattern that is used in this process.
According to the CEO of Mimic Technologies, Jeff Bekley, their vision is to provide an excellent training support opportunity for the trainees across multiple specialties that will help in the skill development of the trainees and provide them with basic familiarity about a process. Maestro AR is going past expectations of people due to the unique combination of augmented video with 3D equipment.
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