Endoscopy manufacturers KARL STORZ and VirtaMed, the medical training simulation firm, have collaborated on a mixed reality simulator to enhance laparoscopic skills training.

The LapTrainer simulator enables medical professionals to acquire key skills with increased efficiency by repetition of short simulation sequences.

The simulator features an anatomically correct abdomen model. Medical professionals can practice patient positioning, trocar placement and correct OR team setup in true-to-life conditions. This endoscopic training boasts the latest research in computer graphics, including the ability to visualize and manipulate the entire abdomen.

LapTrainer includes KARL STORZ flagship products such as the EndoCAMeleon, a multifunctional endoscope with a versatile viewing angle. It also has the CLICKline and RoBi instrument series and near infrared fluorescence imaging applications for the clear differentiation of key anatomical structures from surrounding organs using an ICG fluorescence agent.

“Overtaking existing laparoscopy simulators, LapTrainer with an abdominal model and real and high-quality endoscopic equipment provides excellent training and education in laparoscopy," said Dr. Peter Solleder, Executive Director New Applications at KARL STORZ.

"Education and training of surgeons is an important part when cooperating with the medical community and following this we have expanded our Virtual Reality Simulator family. For the surgeon’s safety and the well-being of the patient."

Laparoscopic simulator

"We are very proud of this project," said Dr. Stefan Tuchschmid, Co-CEO and Founder of VirtaMed. "It combines the best of box model and cadaver training with the benefits of high-fidelity simulation training. This is another great step on our joint pathway towards improving the quality of medical training. We are excited to bring simulators of the highest quality and realism to medical professionals."

Co-CEO and Founder of VirtaMed, Dr. Raimundo Sierra, added; “Our fruitful cooperation has led to an exciting new chapter in the domain of laparoscopic training and resulted in a state-of-the-art simulator that I look forward to being used by physicians around the world.”