There is an increasing demand for Virtual Reality trainers to improve the skills needed for Minimal Invasive Surgery. For a lot of hospitals however, the VR-trainers that are on the market nowadays are too expensive. To help University Medical Centers and other hospitals in their educational tasks, DelltaTech has developed the low-cost SIMENDO solution which officially has been brought to market in November 2004.
After a testing period the first hospitals decided to purchase the SIMENDO system. Reinier de Graaf Group in Delft, Maxima Medical Centre in Veldhoven, and Sint Franciscus Gasthuis in Rotterdam are the first to use the system. The initial results already show positive transfer of training on the pelvitrainer. The price of the SIMENDO amounts to 2499 euro, including software and a one year warranty.
The SIMENDO system provides real-time training and can be connected to every modern PC. It is a very user-friendly stand-alone device and Ready to Play. The SIMENDO can be connected by using one USB connector without any manual driver installation. The trainer has built-in software. The SIMENDO is provided with an internal hard disk on on which all software is already installed. The obtained results from exercises will automatically be saved on the internal disk and can later be viewed by the teacher.
The SIMENDO is small, compact and portable meaning that a student can easily train at home. In collaboration with Delft University of Technology and the Reinier de Graaf Hospital in Delft, a large training hospital, continuous research is being performed on scoring methods and effective training exercises.
For hospitals that decide to buy more than one SIMENDO, the system can be connected to one PC, with a maximum of three SIMENDO systems. With additional software there is possibility to train with two instruments or with two instruments and one endoscope. This way students and surgeons can train and therefore improve the interaction between people performing surgery together.
The SIMENDO system has a special exercise to train the use of an endoscope with a 30 degree lens. The trainee can create his or her own exercises in the software. The hardware can be custom made to the trainee's own special requests.
On January 14th, 2005, a large Symposium about VR trainers and Minimal Invasive Surgery will be held in the Reinier de Graaf Hospital, Delft, The Netherlands. Some of the most authoritative surgeons will tell their vision about VR-trainers and their function in future health care environments. The SIMENDO will also explicitly be presented and evaluated, based on the research done at the Technical University Delft.
DelltaTech is a Dutch company that has specialised in the development of VR-trainers for MIS. The company's latest product is the SIMENDO. With the development of the SIMENDO system, DelltaTech has specifically focused on simplicity and applicability. The SIMENDO is developed in co-operation with Delft University of Technology under supervision of Prof. dr. J. Dankelman, who has done great work in the field of human-machine interaction.
More information on the Symposium about VR trainers and MIS is available at the SIMENDO Web site.