Students Can Now Practise on Virtual Patients

Universal Simulation UK has launched their first affordable medical ‘flight simulator’, the Model T, which enables students to perform treatments on virtual patients. With the use of haptics (a motorised arm which gives accurate haptic feedback for virtual touch), the simulations make treatments feel like they would with a real patient and can distinguish between soft and hard tissue – without having to put any real patients at risk.

Universal Simulation UK are targeting dental operations to begin with, starting with simulations in restoration and oral surgery. They are also developing a simulation to teach anaesthesia which combines virtual reality (VR) and haptics together in a single simulation.

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