Virtual reality simulator: Demonstrated use in neurosurgical oncology

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1553350612451354
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TypeArticle
Journal titleSurgical Innovation
ISSN1553-3506
Volume20
Issue2
Pages190197; # of pages: 8
Subjectaccuracy; adult; article; astrocytoma; brain edema; case report; computer assisted tomography; diffusion tensor imaging; female; finite element analysis; human; hypophysis adenoma; magnetic resonance angiography; meningioma; neurosurgery; nuclear magnetic resonance imaging; operating room; patient safety; simulator; surgical risk; surgical technique; surgical training; virtual reality; Brain Neoplasms; Computer Simulation; Education, Medical; Female; Frontal Lobe; Humans; Image Processing, Computer-Assisted; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Meningeal Neoplasms; Meningioma; Middle Aged; Neurosurgical Procedures; Surgery, Computer-Assisted; User-Computer Interface
AbstractBackground. The overriding importance of patient safety, the complexity of surgical techniques, and the challenges associated with teaching surgical trainees in the operating room are all factors driving the need for innovative surgical simulation technologies. Technical development. Despite these issues, widespread use of virtual reality simulation technology in surgery has not been fully implemented, largely because of the technical complexities in developing clinically relevant and useful models. This article describes the successful use of the NeuroTouch neurosurgical simulator in the resection of a left frontal meningioma. Conclusion. The widespread application of surgical simulation technology has the potential to decrease surgical risk, improve operating room efficiency, and fundamentally change surgical training. © The Author(s) 2012.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC); NRC Institute for Biodiagnostics (IBD-IBD); NRC Industrial Materials Institute (IMI-IMI); NRC Institute for Information Technology (IIT-ITI)
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NPARC number21269607
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