Singapore’s National Neuroscience Institute is partnering with VR medical content platform Kyalio to develop neurosurgery training modules.
As part of their research collaboration agreement, they have created VR modules based on real-life cases managed by neurosurgeons at NNI and captured by Kyalio.
The modules can be viewed via an Oculus VR headset or a mobile VR viewer.
WHY IT MATTER
During the pandemic, medical professionals who wanted to learn neurosurgery in Singapore had to postpone their training because border closures prevented them from entering the country. This exacerbates the problems faced by countries where there are only a few skilled neurosurgeons. In addition, medical students and physicians in such countries “rarely” have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the operating room.
“Many countries have exponentially increased the output of new doctors, but experienced doctors who direct training in these countries remain much less and training methods have to become ‘high yield’ in nature,” said Samuel Choo, co-founder of Kyalio.
The VR modules developed by the NNI and Kyalio support the continuing education and training of those physicians and students by providing them with a simulated experience of various neurosurgical procedures.
“It allows them to experience the important steps of the surgery, hear discussions about the procedure and ‘look around’ the operating room to see the set-up and team dynamics. The virtual reality environment also gives a realistic view of the surgical anatomy, something that is 2D videos cannot be reached,” the NNI said in a statement.
The organizations aim to create a library of at least 100 neurosurgical training modules on Kyalio, covering a diverse range of cases.
Currently, Kyalio has training modules in craniotomies, brain tumor resections, as well as neurovascular and neurospin surgery, which are used by more than 1,000 students in Southeast Asia, India and Africa.
THE BIGGER TREND
This partnership with the NNI follows Kyalio’s partnership with the National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine in Taiwan, which started in February. They also wanted to create VR content about various medical procedures.
The Japanese VR company ., focused on continuing clinical training during the pandemic Jolly Good partnered with Nippon Medical School in Japan to develop a cloud-based clinical education platform that leverages the VR system.
Another VR company, Vantari VR, recently partnered with Australian tertiary care hospitals to accelerate the training of their junior doctors and intensive care interns. It offers modules that cover 90% of the medical procedures recommended by the university guidelines.