Demonstrates that the Future of Training is Virtual Reality
PARIS – Oct. 13, 2021 – PrecisionOS will partner with the Global Spine Congress to co-host the first-ever cadaver-less virtual reality (VR) surgical training course(s) for spinal procedures. Scheduled this year for November 3-6 in Paris, the Congress draws more than 2,000 surgeons from all over the world, making it one of the most comprehensive spine meetings.
The VR training, incorporating Oculus Quest headsets, will cover spine procedures and allow participants to collaborate during the course, sharing their thoughts and ideas as well as watching others try the training procedures offered.
“The Global Spine Congress felt PrecisionOS’ demonstration would offer surgeons a unique opportunity to see how modern technology optimizes training for both practicing surgeons and students and provides a more thorough educational experience,” said Dr. Karsten Wiechert, Co-Chair of the precourse at Global Spine Congress. “We decided to partner with PrecisionOS, a company that is pioneering global VR training, to make this highly innovative session available at our annual meeting. Interventional techniques on the lumbar spine present a specific educational challenge since usually the result of the needle placement can only be seen by conventional imaging. PrecisonOS overcomes this, adding an entirely new level of three- dimensional feedback and therefore improves the learning experience tremendously.”
PrecisionOS has been published by several peer reviewed papers on the efficacy of their virtual reality software. The company’s technology was also scientifically validated in a recent randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am. The study demonstrated how PrecisionOS helps senior surgical residents learn surgical skills 570% faster than traditional approaches to training which improved their abilities by 150%.
“Our VR training software permits deliberate and purposeful practice allowing practitioners to learn and understand when they make mistakes that might arise during real surgery,” explains Danny Goel, M.D., surgeon and CEO, PrecisionOS. “Surgeons at the Congress will be able to train on spinal procedures using our advanced simulation platform instead of cadavers, which are becoming harder to source and obtain.”
PrecisionOS continues to push the boundaries by supplying immersive virtual reality training modules for orthopedic surgeons for multiple medical device companies, professional societies and major medical institutions worldwide. The company’s modules permit individual decision making, which allows the surgeon to try different approaches to the procedure. It also gives surgeons performance and technical feedback until they are totally comfortable performing the procedure instead of just having them do rote practice, a critical differentiation from competitive solutions.
PrecisionOS was founded in partnership with clinical orthopedic surgeon educators and an expert group of XR (virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality) senior software developers to create training for orthopedic surgeons. The company’s immersive simulations are scientifically validated, peer-reviewed and published in leading medical research journals. Participants engage in a realistic operating environment, alone or in collaboration with other trainees anywhere in the world, test their knowledge and desire to try alternate approaches, receive instructive feedback and repeat procedures until achieving proficiency.
PrecisionOS is based in Vancouver, BC, with collaborative affiliations with more than 40 major medical institutions in the U.S., Canada. Its software has been used in more than 35 countries and 500 cities worldwide.