Anatomy software developer, Primal Pictures, has been awarded government grants to develop two new computer simulations which should improve training procedures for cardiologists and keyhole surgeons.
The ‘Virtual Heart’, funded by London Innovation – London Development Agency, will be an anatomically accurate, beating and interactive three-dimensional model of the human heart, which will run on a standard desktop computer. It will be used to help trainee cardiologists and cardiac surgeons in developing skills in interventional and electrophysiology procedures, such as cardiac ablation and pacing. Doctors interested in being involved in the Virtual Heart project should contact Laurie Wiseman Primal on 020 7637 1010 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other simulation will be the Virtual Anatomy Trainer for Minimal Access Surgey (‘VATMAS’), funded by the Technology Strategy Board, which will be developed in conjunction with the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSE) and the Division of Imaging Sciences, King’s College London.