3D Systems is implementing virtual reality (VR) environments with its line of medical simulators that will allow users to practice surgical procedures within a virtual operating room for a realistic and immersive training session designed to enable better surgical preparation and team training. 3D Systems’ Virtual Reality Operating Room (VR OR) includes environmental elements that are not typically present in other current simulation scenarios, but that exist in a real operating room, such as a virtual patient, OR team and OR equipment, in addition to realistic auditory diversions.

Each of 3D Systems’ VR OR products will be compatible with the company’s medical simulators and available as add-ons, allowing trainees to use the simulator while wearing an off the shelf VR headset that provides a 360-degree view of the immersive OR setting. This enhanced training experience enables trainees to develop coping strategies for the stresses and distractions that are present in real world procedures.

The first 3D Systems VR OR product for release is the LAP Mentor™ VR, which will be demonstrated on the LAP Mentor Hernia Module at the 2017 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), booth #401, January 28 - February 1, in Orlando, FL. Other 3D Systems healthcare solutions will also be on display, including hands-on simulation training, surgical planning products and 3D printed anatomical models and surgical guides.