8 ways 3D printing is making surgery remarkable

3D printing is already making a difference in healthcare: It enables models of organs to train surgeons and educate patients –and improve surgical outcomes. Doctors previously had to examine actual organs with their hands to get a feel for what they need to do surgically. Now, MRIs and 3D printers eliminate the need to put

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How sweat could evaluate resident physician surgical skills

The amount of sweat produced during a procedure could be an evaluation tool of the surgical skills of resident physicians, according to new research from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Postgraduate physician training is a time for physicians to develop skills and expertise within the medical specialty of their choosing. While training, medical

Algorithms gather brain data to train brain surgeons

Researchers in Europe have developed mathematical models and numerical algorithms that break down medical images like Lego bricks to help guide surgeons during brain surgery. University of Luxembourg and University of Strasbourg researchers collaborated to create algorithms to predict the deformation of the brain during surgery and give information pertaining to the current position of

How to achieve better medical device outcomes through behavior change

Will Randall, ZS Associates I often pause in restaurant bathrooms, amused by the familiar signage above the sink: “Employees must wash hands before returning to work.” Surely everyone washes their hands. While these well-meaning but rather amusing signs are found all over the U.S., do they actually have any impact on improving hygiene practices? Probably

Surgeon entrepreneur bets on virtual reality to boost surgical training

Dr. Justin Barad is a gamer, so it makes sense he would be drawn to virtual reality. As a high schooler, Barad started the computer science team. He interned at Activision, and was all set to be a game developer. But then Barad started to think about how he could help people. He ended up

Leica Microsystems launches new technologies to augment surgeon visualization

Leica Microsystems is launching a new generation of augmented reality imaging technologies for surgical microscopes at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting this year in Los Angeles. The augmented reality imaging technologies are designed to supplement microscope views to support surgical decision-making and help teach neurosurgical procedures. Leica Microsystems’ approach to

3D printed babies could help train surgeons: Here’s how

An Eindhoven University of Technology PhD candidate is using 3D printing to create realistic models of baby skeletons and other organs to help train surgeons. Mark Thielen created an infant mannequin prototype that had realistic bones and organs. The model had a 3D printed heart with functioning valves and lungs that could breath like real

These 7 virtual reality companies want to innovate healthcare

Virtual reality is no longer just for pilots to simulate flying – or for more realistic gaming experiences. Virtual reality is helping to shape the healthcare industry by offering immersive programs to help train surgeons and students for a variety of surgical procedures. Surgeons can train for different procedures, and clinicians are also using virtual

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Meet the latest medical augmented reality company in the U.S.

A German company called Scopis is breaking into the U.S. market with its surgical navigation systems, which use augmented reality technology to guide surgeons along mapped-out pathways. Scopis (Berlin) said Monday that it has established a presence in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the help of the German government’s German Accelerator Life Sciences (GALS) program. The company

Touch Surgery simulations are even more amazing: Here’s how

Touch Surgery, which already boasts a community of 1.5 million using its mobile surgical simulations, is upping its game when it comes to making the platform even more immersive. Touch on Friday announced a partnership with DAQRI to add augmented reality capabilities to the simulations using  DAQRI smart glasses. “To date, we have delivered our

Survey: The fractured state of enterprise sales enablement and training

According to a recent Allego survey, 73% of salespeople in the medical/pharmaceutical industry believe insights from reps in the field would improve the sales enablement process at their company. Allego’s Inaugural Sales Enablement and Training Survey offers insight into the disconnect between current sales enablement and training programs and what’s needed to drive performance in

UL training courses now available from MasterControl

UL EduNeering courses, the global gold standard for Quality & Compliance eLearning programs, are now available directly from MasterControl, a leading global provider of electronic quality management systems (EQMS) and quality consulting services. The SCORM-compliant Quality & Compliance Essentials courses, available via the MasterControl Training module, are sets of self-paced eLearning courses that are targeted