American Medical News - "Neurosurgeons Test Real Skills on Virtual Brains"

 – November 19, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

Some New York neurosurgeons soon will perform medical procedures while looking through special optics and holding instruments that are connected to a computer. When surgeons gently touch their tools to the brain, they will feel its pliable tissue. The organ will pulsate in time with the patient’s heartbeat. But the patient, like the brain in this scenario, is not real. They’re both virtual. In October, Mount Sinai School of Medicine received a virtual reality neurosurgery simulator called NeuroTouch to improve health outcomes and reduce complications in patients undergoing neurosurgery. "We believe the new brain surgery simulator could potentially revolutionize the way we train and evaluate our surgeons," said Joshua B. Bederson, MD, chair of neurosurgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Learn more