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New Paper Shows The Benefits Of VR Simulation For Mechanical Thrombectomy Training

Supports the work of Mentice as they develop training simulations for physicians.

Mentice, a leader in virtual reality (VR) based interventional medical simulation solutions, has welcomed the recent publication of a new research paper that looked into the use of high-end VR simulation for the acquisition of skills for the minimally invasive procedure. The paper, Metric-Based Virtual Reality Simulation for Mechanical Thrombectomy—A Paradigm Shift in Training for Mechanical Thrombectomy in Acute Stroke, explores the uses of the immersive technology and its applications within the medical sector which is Mentice’s area of expertise,.


The paper was published by Stroke, a peer-reviewed medical journal that is published monthly by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins on behalf of the American Heart Association, reported news-medical. As Mechanical thrombectomy is a life-saving procedure where a clinical device is introduced into the affected brain’s vasculature to mechanically remove a blood clot, the need for wear trained medical professionals is key.

Funded by a grant from the Swedish innovation agency VINNOVA, Mentice have worked with a group of senior INRs and the ASSERT Center at University College Cork to research, develop and validate an immersive simulation-based training system which can provide the needed training required to carry out these high skilled procedures.

“Providing timely and high-quality treatment for ischemic stroke,” says Mentice CEO Göran Malmberg, “is one of today’s largest healthcare opportunities. High-fidelity simulation combined with proficiency-based progression is a disruptive solution that can help this transformation of healthcare.”


The simulation that Mentice have developed using a number of different senors and data points to ensure it can objectively, consistently, and reliably quantify the performance levels of physicians wanting to become proficient in mechanical thrombectomy. Using metrics derived from experienced INRs, the simulation has been able to establish a level of proficiency that physicians must reach before they can then perform on real patients. This helps to ensure that not only are the physicians are up to the standard required, but also helps to reduce the risk of mistakes or worst during live operations.

“Mechanical Thrombectomy for acute stroke,” says Professor Tony Gallagher of ASSERT, “is a life-changing treatment for many acutely ill patients. The success of the treatment is determined in no small part by the skills of the physician performing the procedure. The VR simulation that we describe, and the training methodology will be used to enhance, and quality assure the learning experience and training of doctors. Conceptually and intellectually appealing, it represents a paradigm shift in how doctors are prepared for the treatment of acute stroke.”

As Mentice continue to develop their VR based training program for mechanical thrombectomy, VRFocus will be sure to bring you all the latest developments, so stay tuned for more.

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