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Computer-Aided, Laparoscopic Surgery Simulation, Training and Curriculum

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Robert M. Sweet, MD
Associate Professor, Urological Surgery
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Andrew Morrow
Technology Licensing Officer

Computer-Aided, Virtual Reality Surgical Training

Virtual reality, laparoscopic, surgical training, software improves the quality of training for surgical procedures by providing users with real-time virtual reality simulations. The computer aided surgical simulation technology provides an interactive learning environment with high-fidelity models that use real tissue properties with realistic textures for enhanced laparoscopic surgical training. The virtual reality software allows students to quickly, effectively, and repetitively simulate a surgery in real-time.

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Build Fundamental Surgical Skills using Real Tissue Properties and Movements

Many medical professionals lack the training tools to build fundamental surgical skills in minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery. This surgical training aid allows medical professionals and students to learn in a virtual environment that features real tissue properties and movements with predictive simulations. This new surgical training technology increases the speed and effectiveness of laparoscopic surgical training.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Simulations and Curriculum using 3-D, Human Organ, Models

The use of predictive modeling provides a more realistic training curriculum. Current surgical models do not feature the use of real tissue properties, resulting in a lack of much needed exposure to realistic training. This minimally invasive surgical training software uses real tissue property data that is collected from cadavers within 48-hours of being deceased. The data is recorded in a tissue property database which is applied to a geometric model of the human organs in computer-aided design (CAD) format. Computerized design allows users to learn with an interactive 3D geometric model displayed on an easy-to-use interface.

Medical professionals have access to more realistic and superior training opportunities through this technology. The real-time virtual reality simulations that function with the real-tissue database provide effective and successful surgical training.


  • Real-time virtual reality training environment
  • Real tissue property database
  • Use of physical based modeling
  • Enables predictive simulations
  • 3D geometric modeling, collected from cadavers within 48-hours of being deceased