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 New VR Surgery Simulator hones Surgeons' Skills, Improves Patient Safety

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Date posted: 17/05/2008

The Oregon Simulation Alliance, and the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine have collaborated, allowing the school to purchase a art virtual reality laparoscopic surgery simulator. Called LSW 3.0.

The device, created by Surgical Science of Stockholm, Sweden, emulates, with a high degree of accuracy, the anatomy of organs and tissues. Perhaps more importantly, the simulator is fully haptic.

OHSU Chairman of Surgery John Hunter, M.D, said "With earlier simulators, you couldn't 'feel' when you were touching something. Now, if your surgical instrument contacts 'virtual' tissue, you will feel it. The instruments give you force feedback in your hand that mimics how tissue and blood vessels feel and behave in real life. That's a great advance in simulators and a tremendous advantage for training our surgeons,"

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