MNI opens groundbreaking training centre
Published Wednesday, September 15, 2010 9:07PM EDT
The Montreal Neurological Institute opened its brand new neurosurgical simulation centre Wednesday, which experts say will revolutionize the way surgeons are trained.
The virtual reality centre features technology developed by the National Research Council and surgeons at the MNI, allowing people to both see and feel during a surgical simulation.
They expect the technological advancement will mean better patient care and surgical outcomes.
"We'll try to prove whether simulating the operation will make a better operation happen," said Dr. Rolando del Maestro, the director of the MNI's Brain Tumour Research Centre.
Neurological resident Nicholas Gelinas Phaneuf described the technology as incredible.
"I've used this machine on a Thursday and on Friday I was operating, I was like using the same instrument and I was like wow-it feels really close to what we're actually doing in the simulation," said Gelinas Phaneuf.