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Surgical training with Virtual Reality

Dear Sir or Madam,

Young surgeons need a lot of practice before they can safely perform different interventions. Unfortunately, the possibilities to receive hands-on training are limited since there are not always patients available who need the respective surgical treatment. But fortunately, there is a solution since surgery can also be practiced in Virtual Reality. See more about this in our current video!

Enjoy watching!

Timo Roth
Editorial team

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Interview: Removing kidney stones
Topic of the Month: Digital orthopedic technology
Video: VR in surgical training
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Computer-aided prostheses and orthoses

Topic of the Month

Image: The foot of a patient is being scanned; Copyright: PantherMedia/Rainer Plendl
Orthopedic technology is a true craft: That's because prostheses and orthoses are rarely off-the-shelf products. Orthopedic technicians must typically use different materials to custom create and fit the devices. Many of these processes are manual. For several years now, 3D scanning and 3D printing have modernized the industry thanks to digital design freedom and flexible production.
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Getting from 3D scan to 3D print: computer-aided prostheses and orthoses
Digital orthopedic technology: scan, customize, print
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AI improves speech understanding of hearing aid users

Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

In noisy environments, it is difficult for hearing aid or hearing implant users to understand their conversational partner because current audio processors still have difficulty focusing on specific sound sources. In a study, researchers from the Hearing Research Laboratory at the University of Bern and the Inselspital are now suggesting that artificial intelligence could solve this problem.
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AI provides faster diagnosis for debilitating blistering disease

Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Scientists at the University of Groningen have trained an Artificial Intelligence system to recognize a specific pattern in skin biopsies of patients with the blistering disease epidermolysis bullosa acquisita. The pattern is characteristic of a specific variant of the disease which can cause scarring of the skin and mucous membranes and may lead to blindness.
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Virtual learning may help NICU nurses recognize baby pain

Information and Communication Technology, Research & Technology

Babies younger than four weeks old, called neonates, were once thought not to perceive pain due to not-yet-fully-developed sensory systems, but modern research says otherwise, according to researchers from Hiroshima University in Japan.
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Removing kidney stones thoroughly and without residue


Image: a person holding two models of kidneys in front of the body; Copyright: PantherMedia / benschonewille
Kidney stones are a widespread disease. In order to be able to reliably remove even the smallest remnants of them, Purenum GmbH, a spin-off of Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanved Materials IFAM, developed a gel that encloses small fragments and can then be removed without leaving any residue. This year, the product mediNiK was certified and is thus ready for the market.
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Removing kidney stones thoroughly and without residue
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Hitting the right note in dialysis care

Public Health & Associations, Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica

Patients with malfunctioning kidneys often need dialysis to rid their blood of unwanted molecules and excess water. Personalizing the settings of dialysis for each patient is crucial for their health, but it is complicated and error-prone. A group of Viennese scientists was awarded a competitive grant to develop a precision medicine approach to dialysis treatment.
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Simulators for learning success – VR in surgical training


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The most important resource in surgical education is the hands-on experience young surgeons are able to get in the OR. But the possibilities to perform surgery on real patients are very limited, and these situations cause insecurity and stress in beginners. Learn in our video from Jan Hillebrand, VirtaMed AG, Prof. Wolf Petersen, Martin Luther Hospital, and Prof. Dieter Hahnloser, University of Lausanne, how Virtual Reality can fill these gaps.
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Simulators for learning success – VR in surgical training
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