PreOp Mentor Simulator another industry first success for Simbionix

Lod 23 October 2006Simbionix has unveiled its revolutionary PreOp Mentor Simulator (WIP) for a sneak preview during a "Live Broadcast" at Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapetuics (TCT) in Washington, DC where Dr. Bill Gray successfully performed a carotid intervention at Columbia University, New York on a patient after simulating the procedure on the PreOp Mentor a day earlier based on the actual anatomy of that patient. The PreOp case was performed in collaboration with PolyDimensions, Germany, a company specializing in high quality anatomical 3D-reconstruction from CT-Data.

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Dr. Giora Weisz, an Interventional Cardiologist from the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and Columbia University Medical Center, stated: "I believe patient-based simulation can significantly improve patient safety by training physicians on the patient's own anatomy and by practising with the appropriate devices before the actual procedure, resulting in shorter procedure time, less unnecessary equipment, and ultimately, higher success rates and less complications."

During the live broadcast, the Cath Lab team said they believe that as a result of the patient-based training, they used less contorts, less x-ray time and most importantly, were able to improve patient safety.

Ran Bronstein, Simbionix President, stated: "Until now, simulation was limited to generalized models of patients, however, with the PreOp Mentor, planning and simulation are done beforehand based on the patient's individual anatomy allowing for better preparation and leading to better results."

In addition to the PreOp Mentor Simulator, scheduled for Commercial Release in 2007, Simbionix showcased their new advanced Coronary Module and the new mini ANGIO Mentor at TCT. The Coronary Module simulates coronary interventions such as PTCA, stenting and left ventricular angiography. The new module uniquely features the simulation of a patient's vital signs in response to actual simulated coronary complications while the mini ANGIO Mentor is a portable simulator to be used as a "Personal Trainer" for smaller courses or for on-site training.

Simbionix is specialized in the development and delivery of innovative and effective virtual reality simulation products and solutions for clinical education and training of medical professionals. Its products are designed to accelerate best-practice medical training, advance clinical performance, and improve patient safety. The company is committed to continuously innovating and growing its product offering with a wide range of training modules, case studies and scenarios developed in response to the growing importance of clinical training and education for the improvement of patient care.


Leslie Versweyveld

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