Medical device company Encoris teamed up with Allendale, Mich.-based Grand Valley State University students to improve a spine surgery training simulation, according to Grand Valley Lanthorn.
Here are five insights:
1. The device is designed to cut costs and boost hands-on learning for spine surgeons in training.
2. The students developed a camera system for the Encoris' S2T Surgical SmartTrainer, which decreases cadaver and X-ray use.
3. The S2T Surgical SmartTrainer consists of a human torso model encased in a shell. Within the shell, the students placed four cameras that operate much like a C-arm would during surgery.
4. Additionally, the students built a rail system intended to keep the cameras situated along the spine.
5. The S2T Surgical SmartTrainer is able to simulate numerous spine conditions, with interchangeable components.