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Category: OR Equipment and Accessories
Product description and innovation synopsis:
Encoris’ S2T system consists of a customizable, life-like human torso containing a c-arm mimic with four high-definition micro-cameras, LED illumination, rechargeable power, and plug-and-play connectivity. Altogether, these features create x-ray-like imaging of intricate detail and display it in real-time, on any USB/HDMI enabled device. Live imaging and web connectivity enable world-wide surgical training and product development through webinars. The S2T removes all logistical, financial, and geographical limitations for surgical training and practice, so surgeons can learn, train or teach anywhere, without the negative impact of x-ray radiation or restraints of expensive cadavers.
What sets this product apart from others available in the industry?
What makes the S2T revolutionary is its ability to mimic x-ray at a 97 percent accuracy level, using cameras, proprietary algorithms, and software that drives them. Furthermore, the training system is highly modular: customized bone anatomy of different diseases can be swapped out with ease, which is impossible to do with cadavers. The S2T technology can be customized to include any portion of the body and uses replaceable bone and soft tissue structures that look and feel realistic. Spine surgery, cardiac surgery, interventional radiology, and general surgery are a few areas of medicine that will benefit from this new training technology.
How does this product benefit the surgical team and aid in better outcomes?
This hands-on, tactile training system reduces the amount of time surgical trainees spend in cadaver labs. It’s safer by significantly reduces the amount of radiation surgeons are exposed to during training sessions, and greatly reduces training costs for medical device companies, hospitals and medical schools. It’s plug-n-play real-time imaging also enables world-wide surgical training through webinars. Future editions of the S2T Surgical SmartTrainer are expected to include embedded feed-back sensors, “living” tissue architectures, live data collection, downloadable software upgrades, and connectivity to Encoris’ training centers.