Siemens Healthineers has partnered with Mentice, a Swedish company that specializes in simulation solutions for endovascular therapies, to integrate the Artis icono angiography system with the VIST Virtual Patient offering.
Many of today’s advanced interventional procedures require quite a bit of training for physicians to perform them safely and effectively. In the angiography suite, specifically, there’s a great deal of equipment to work with, information to consider, and challenging cases to solve. Typically, clinicians have to do quite a bit of planning to practice and prepare for difficult cases, but the new partnership will make it possible to practice these procedures on virtual patients before trying them on real people.
The VIST Virtual Patient essentially makes it look like there’s a real human being worked on in the angio suite, at least according to the many devices that work together during the simulation, when there’s actually no one on the table. The C-arm, for example, can be moved around as during a real procedure, with the imaging on the displays following along and showing what would be seen if the patient was indeed there. The table, foot pedals, and a variety of other components work together to simulate a real procedure, whether initiated from an accompanying database of previously gathered cases or by importing a given patient’s MRI and CT scans.
The system can be used to both train clinicians to work in the angio suite, and allow those that are experienced to improve how they handle certain types of cases.
“The VIST® Virtual Patient integration into the Artis icono angiography system will open new opportunities for clinical teams to improve their overall performance, drive operational efficiency, and more importantly, help improve patient outcomes. By using the Artis icono system on the VIST® Virtual Patient, clinicians may now explore new interventional procedure methods and experience the use of new medical devices while reducing clinical training on actual patients and eliminating exposure to radiation,” said Göran Malmberg, CEO at Mentice, in a press release. “The VIST® Virtual Patient provides an immersive, high-fidelity, simulation-based environment accessible right from the Artis icono system making this integration one of the most sophisticated options in the field of endovascular skills acquisition.”
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