The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, has created a 3D colonoscopy training simulator that will enable trainee surgeons to interact with accurate computer-based simulations of the human colon. The simulator uses a modified clinical colonoscope and realistic haptic (force) feedback device to provide a lifelike clinical experience.
Rather than teach complex medical procedures like colonoscopy using real patients, surgical training simulations offer a safe and cost-effective training environment in which complicated procedures can be taught with no risk to patients.
Colonoscopy, considered the best examination for the detection and removal of precancerous polyps, is a difficult procedure to master, requiring trainee surgeons to perform 300 to 1,000 operations before reaching an expert level. Researchers at CSIRO’s Preventative Health Flagship believe the simulator will help reduce the incidence of bowel cancer.
Read more about the CSIRO Colonoscopy Training Simulator.