Simbionix (Cleveland, OH), a company focusing on surgical simulators, has released two new platforms and two new modules for practicing endovascular procedures. The ANGIO Mentor is a full scale system for practicing skills and complete procedures, while the ANGIO Mentor Flex is a portable system that folds and can be taken just about anywhere, including being checked-in as luggage on flights.
The ANGIO Mentor includes a full-sized mannequin with five different access points and a display monitor that replicate the basics of an angiography suite. The ANGIO Mentor Flex, though not as complete and realistic in its exterior, can simulate the same 19 procedures that can be performed on the larger model.
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On top on these new platforms, Simbionix is introducing two new advanced applications, the Transradial Coronary Intervention Module and Transseptal Puncture Module with echocardiography.
Due to the increasing popularity and safety of the transradial approach and the large number of practicing physicians not yet trained in transradial catheterization, there is much interest in the use of simulation for this method. These procedures require a skill set distinct from trans-femoral procedures, with a steep learning curve associated with the technique.
The Transradial Coronary Intervention Module presents a variety of challenging anatomies and scenarios for coronary angiography and intervention using the transradial approach, such as tortuous subclavian, brachial loop, CABG and more. The module trains clinicians in appropriate equipment selection and techniques as well as negotiating complications, such as spasm and perforation.
Transseptal puncture is required for advanced cardiac procedures and is considered a highly demanded skill. Using echocardiography guidance for transseptal puncture allows better visualization of heart structures and reduces complication rates.
The Transseptal Puncture Module allows learners to practice left atrial access by puncturing the intra-atrial septum. During the simulation, life threatening complications such as cardiac tamponade or aortic puncture may occur.
Simbionix Transseptal Puncture module is the only available module that includes real time ICE (intracardiac echocardiography) simulation. Cardiologists learn how to maneuver an ICE catheter and interpret the echocardiographic image. The module also includes TEE (transesophageal echocardiography) simulation.