Location: United Kingdom
Doctors can practice operations through precise virtual reality simulations while experiencing similar feedback to what they would in a real surgery: sounds, sights, and haptic feedback.
Accurate simulations allow surgeons and students opportunities to rehearse operations cost-effectively and safely. Fundamental Surgery, a training-accredited UK-based company, has taken that a step further by developing a VR simulation platform that provides haptic feedback.
The program, HapticVR, provides highly detailed simulations for surgical procedures. The system is designed to replicate everything a surgeon would experience during an actual operation: sights, sounds, and the physical sensation of using the surgical tools. The program provides real-time feedback and stores performance information in the user’s data dashboard.
HapticVR is designed for the full educational experience. However, a home-based version is also available. HomeVR is an easily transportable version so doctors can practice outside of an educational setting. The system offers only vibration feedback versus HapticVR, which simulates force feedback and position. Both HapticVR and HomeVR can be connected to the same user dashboard for access to skill tracking. Similarly, Surgical Theater is a virtual reality platform created for brain cancers, supporting doctors to explain procedures to patients, and also to perfect the surgery in preparation for the operation room.