Fundamentalvr Announces Advanced Simulated Soft Tissue Capabilities With Kinaestheic Haptics Raising The Bar In Medtech Education

Full force feedback, high fidelity graphics and unparalleled technology facilitates the acceleration of ‘pre-human’ skills transfer.

FundamentalVR, global pioneers in immersive VR surgical skills training and  skills data analytics have today unveiled further advancements on the Fundamental Surgery platform.  These advancements provide a level of realism that produces a credible complement and alternative to  traditional medical education methods. Leveraging full force feedback kinesthetic haptics, high-fidelity  graphics and 3D spatial technology, the new soft tissue capabilities allow surgeons to manipulate and  feel the texture of anatomy as if they were in the operating room. This exciting enhancement opens the  door for accelerated skills acquisition in an even wider range of procedures, building real capability and  confidence ahead of human interaction; ‘Pre-human competence’. 

The enhanced soft tissue capabilities are part of the company’s five-year technology and clinical journey  that has seen its Haptic R&D team work closely with surgeons and educator experts from around the  world, drawing from leading universities as well as spatial technology and medical specialists such as Dr.  David Farley at the Mayo Clinic. 

The impact of the advanced tissue capabilities are not just skin deep. Its development allows FundamentalVR to deliver enhanced and unparalleled solutions for current simulations in areas such as  spine, orthopedic and ophthalmology as well as new capabilities in soft tissue surgery, interventional  and many more.  

“We are proud to offer industry leading technology proven to accelerate learning and transform  traditional teaching practices into cost effective, safe methodologies,” said Richard Vincent, co-founder  and CEO of FundamentalVR. “With the addition of advanced soft tissue sensation capabilities users are  able to make independent decisions about approach and patient interaction and have full high-fidelity control, feeling and vision as they make that interaction. We have brought a new level of realism to  medical education to an extent that the need for surgeons to practice in wet labs, on cadavers or  patients could be eliminated within just a few years.”  

An established player in medical education, FundamentalVR simulations are delivered through its Fundamental Surgery platform that allows users to experience the same sights, sounds, feelings and  sensations they would in a real OR. It combines HapticVR technology and analytics of previously  unmeasurable data points to advanced surgical skills allowing precision techniques to be acquired.  

It is made possible by the company’s Haptic Intelligence Engine™, that delivers full kinesthetic force  feedback haptics into a variety of handheld devices, ranging from base station held instruments to  haptic gloves within a submillimeter of accuracy, all low cost and commercial off-the-shelf hardware. It  profoundly changes the way immersive technology is used in medical education. Often, VR programs are  primarily used to help acquire knowledge. Now, with the addition of cutting edge soft tissue simulation  combined with the most advanced haptics available, accelerated acquisition of skills is possible anywhere in the world. Building the muscle memory required for proficiency and essential for precise  surgical skills transfer. 

Already deployed prior to the pandemic, the challenges of social distancing and reduction in elective  surgeries has fueled a surge in the use of Fundamental Surgery as a credible alternative to in-person and  on human learning. Its benefits include:  

  • Scalable: The low-cost platform allows expert surgeons to advance skills in highly precise and expert  areas without the expense and logistic challenges of traditional wet labs and cadavers. 
  • Remote Education: Allows users to perform highly complex procedures fully simulated in VR. This provides highly scalable global skills transfer programs for Med Device, Pharma and Biopharma  customers globally. 
  • Muscle Retention: Surgeons can create high frequency motor skills interactions that build muscle  retention through the ability to deliberately fail as well as succeed. 
  • Accelerated Learning: Provides users measurements for every interaction and decision to deliver a  level of analysis not previously available. Specific metrics include economy of movement, 3D spatial  awareness, surgical gaze, respect for tissue, and human factors such as dealing with adverse events  and complications. 
  • Progressive Techniques: VR replaces clinical trials with sophistication. Through the simulation  surgeons can test difficult procedures safely before entering the operating room. 

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