Working out of the Autodesk Technology Centre in Toronto, Marion Surgical’s simulator utilizes AR, VR and haptics to enable surgeons to learn, collaborate, practice, and share procedures in a realistic, safe and cloud-hosted environment.
Area of Research: Emerging Technology
Marion Surgical is changing the field of surgical education by building the world’s first virtual reality and haptic feedback training platform for surgeons. The haptic feedback on the fully customizable simulators helps a surgeon in improving muscle memory, which can potentially increase the overall quality of surgical and medical care for patients.
The company, founded by CEO Ben Sainsbury in 2016, is working with surgeons around the globe to change the way surgical training is practiced today by integrating technology into the process.
Working out of the Autodesk Technology Centre in Toronto, the simulator utilizes AR, VR and haptics to enable surgeons to learn, collaborate, practice, and share procedures in a realistic, safe and cloud-hosted environment. Marion’s VR surgical simulators offers a surgeon in training a risk-free yet realistic virtual operating room, the access to real patient scans, real surgical instruments for practice and the experience of accurate and lifelike haptic feedback during a procedure. Through the physical console, a surgeon is able to monitor surgical proficiency throughout the training lifecycle.
According to the company, the simulators draw real cases from patients via their ‘Global Case Library’. Through machine learning and data analytics, the training platform becomes more powerful and effective the more it is used. This allows surgeons to effectively hone their skills in a realistic, yet simulated environment before operating on real patients.
Marion Surgical joined the Autodesk Technology Centre, Toronto Residency Program in October 2018, with the goal of creating a working physical/virtual prototype.
For the first phase, using Autodesk Maya, the team will adapt their existing virtual reality surgical simulator platform to be able to do surgical rehearsals by converting medical imagery into real patient models. For phase two, the team will create a new robot end effector that will adapt to their platform to perform robotic percutaneous radiofrequency ablation procedures (using robotics tools and finite element software).
The Marion Surgical team, based in Toronto, Canada, consists of mechanical engineers, VR developers and hardware developers.
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