Simbionix launches patient-specific simulation system for surgeons
7 October 2008
Simbionix has launched the PROcedure Rehearsal Studio, which the
company claims is the world's first medical simulator that enables
clinicians to create practice scenarios based on their patient's unique
pathology and anatomy.
The system loads a patient’s CT and MRI scan data from a CD or local
PACS server onto the Simbionix ANGIO Mentor and generates a digital 3D
model of the patient’s clinically relevant anatomy from the scan data.
The real-time 3D imaging system then creates a simulated interventional
environment that provides all the tactile feedback of a real procedure
on a real patient.
Dr Karl Illig, Chief of Vascular Surgery at Strong Medical Center in
Rochester, NY, explains why physicians are eager to start using the new
simulator: "PROcedure Studio helps us identify pitfalls and problems and
solve them on the machine. If we're going to make a mistake, let's make
it on the simulators first."
Gary Zamler, CEO of Simbionix, sees the launch of Procedure as "a
quantum leap in the world of medical simulation that has the potential
to significantly improve patient outcomes while reducing health care
"Our leading technology has made Simbionix the industry leader in
medical simulation. PROcedure Rehearsal Studio shows where that
leadership will be taking everyone."
Mr. Zamler also announced that Strong Medical Center in Rochester, NY,
Imperial College, UK, and Sheba Hospital, Israel have already signed
agreements with Simbionix to use PROcedure Rehearsal Studio in their
"These leading hospitals will use and test PROcedure Rehearsal Studio
in accordance with Simbionix' philosophy and mission to collaborate with
the medical community developing leading-edge technologies for training
and education while promoting patient safety."
Simbionix will unveil this next generation of medical simulation on
October 12th at the Annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutic
symposium (TCT) in Washington, DC.