CAE Healthcare announced the launch of NeuroVR, a neurosurgery simulator that offers the world’s most realistic training environment for open cranial and endoscopic brain surgery procedures. Developed by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), in collaboration with clinicians from teaching hospitals in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia, the simulator is currently in use at 15 sites and has been validated in published clinical studies.
NeuroVR currently includes 37 training modules covering instrument handling, endoscopy for cranial procedures and fundamental skills such as tumor resection, tumor debulking and hemostasis. The simulator allows a learner to practise neurosurgery and provides realistic visual and tactile feedback for different types of tissues.
Through licensing and development agreements, CAE Healthcare has been granted exclusive rights by NRC to sell and distribute the simulator, and will collaborate with NRC to develop additional training modules within the neurosurgery field.
The National Research Council initiated the NeuroTouch (now known as NeuroVR) research project in collaboration with teaching hospitals throughout Canada in 2008, including founding members McGill University Health Centre and the University of Toronto Health Network. Designed for safe practice of low-frequency, high-risk surgeries, NeuroVR also captures performance metrics, and could provide a reliable assessment tool for neurosurgical skills including the safety, quality and efficiency of open cranial and endoscopic procedures.
CAE Healthcare has more than doubled its line of surgical and interventional simulators in the past year. In January 2014, CAE Healthcare gained exclusive rights to distribute the VirtaMed ArthroS for knee and shoulder arthroscopy in North America, as well as other VirtaMed simulators. In September, CAE Healthcare became the international distributor for the Strategic Operations cut suits, which can be zipped around an actor or a manikin to simulate trauma surgery. The NeuroVR simulator will be sold exclusively by CAE Healthcare worldwide.
CAE Healthcare will showcase the NeuroVR at the Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) World conference in Tampa, Fla. from Feb. 16 to 18, 2016.