3D Systems Announces Simbionix Virtual Reality Surgical Simulation Training Module

Share this Article

3DS logoMany of us have had that already awkward moment escalate during a medical procedure when the doctor asks if you would mind if a student takes this opportunity to practice…on you. Knowing that the learning process has to start somewhere, how can you say no?

3D Systems is taking that dilemma out of the equation with the U/S Mentor Simulator, one of two new products that will be available for hands-on experience at the 24th World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, from September 14-17.

With The U/S Mentor Simulator, the latest addition to the Symbionix library of training modules through 3D Systems, uncomfortability is removed during the transvaginal ultrasound training for all involved, taking it out of the patient’s room and instead, into a virtual reality training system. Medical personnel can train on mannequins—rather than live people, or cadavers.

The simulator package includes computer, wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, foot switch, and mannequin that can be “examined.” The mannequins are anatomically correct and the simulator offers a host of real-life maladies to approach and diagnose. Because the transvaginal ultrasound is an internal procedure, it’s already more challenging. The virtual reality approach affords students and teachers a much more positive and easy learning experience.

Gary Zamler, Vice President and General Manager, Simbionix Products, 3DS

Gary Zamler, Vice President and General Manager, Simbionix Products, 3DS

“The U/S Mentor has been very well accepted, with customers especially impressed with the realistic imaging and training options that it offers,” said Gary Zamler, Vice President and General Manager, Simbionix Products,3DS. “Our well-established advanced ultrasound simulation technology, which has been developed over the last 10 years, allows us to rapidly enhance the product and provide a variety of unique training packages in correspondence with our client’s needs.”

What won’t have to take place in another room away from the patient, is looking at the scans and discussing diagnoses. With the Bespoke Modeling’s cloud-based software, physicians and personnel can bring the conversation right to the patient in the form of a 3D printed model of their CT scan.  The whole process is simplified from the imaging to the explaining.

Bespoke Modeling is a cloud based software and service which allows a CT scan to go from a 2D scan on the wall to a 3D printed model that the patients can hold in their hands. This allows for enhanced communication, efficiency and education for patients, who are then hopefully much more satisfied with their experience and more inclined to refer friends and family.

The CT scans are uploaded to the 3D Systems software and then can either be ordered as 3D-printed models from the company or, even better, the designs for 3D printing can be downloaded and printed there at the medical office, if they have the capability.

U/S Mentor Simulator training package

U/S Mentor Simulator training package

This new process allows:

  • More integrated and visual ways to communicate with patients
  • Practice models for dentists and surgeons
  • Teaching tools for anatomy courses

The medical field as well as the communication between doctors and clients regarding ailments and procedures has become much more proactive recently, with technology offering so many new avenues for education. The patient is able to have a much more educated, solid discourse with the doctor—and visual aids have always been one of the best tools to explain things. Has your doctor used 3D models or 3D-printed models to discuss any health procedures or results with you? Do you think this type of communication is helpful? Please discuss your thoughts with us in the Simbionix forum thread at 3DPB.com.  Below is a video demonstration showing how Bespoke Modeling can create anatomical models within minutes.

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printing in India: Slow Adoption & What the Future Holds

Nexa3D Acquires NXT Factory, Introduces Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Washing Solvent



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D printed automobiles

3D Printed Food


You May Also Like

3D Printing Webinar and Virtual Event Roundup, August 2, 2020

It’s another busy week in the 3D printing industry that’s packed full of webinars and virtual events, ranging in topics from medical materials and flexible electronics to polypropylene and market...

T3D Announces New LCD-Based High-Speed 3D Printing System

Taiwan 3D Tech, also known as T3D, is a startup spin-off from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST). Headquartered in Taipei, the company was officially founded in...

Fraunhofer and RMIT Form Cross-Continental 3D Printing Partnership

While RMIT University is known for specializing in technology and design, Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS is a force to contend with, known as a leading applied...

3D Printing News Briefs, July 25, 2020: MakerBot, ANSYS, Sintavia, Nexa3D & Henkel

We’re all business in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs! MakerBot has a new distribution partner, and ANSYS is launching a new product. Sintavia has acquired an additional Arcam 3D printer...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.