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Medical Simulation

The driveBAY™, trakSTAR™ and Aurora® electromagnetic (EM) tracking solutions, and the Polaris® optical tracking solution, are the core technologies of the most advanced surgical navigation systems in medicine. The accuracy and reliability that’s trusted by medical professionals the world over make NDI products the perfect technical foundation for producing the most realistic, high fidelity medical simulators in medical training and surgical rehearsal.

The driveBAY, trakSTAR and Aurora provide exceptionally accurate 6DoF (six degrees of freedom) tracking of lightweight, miniaturized sensors embedded in medical tools with no line of sight requirements. Multiple embedded sensors can be tracked at once, providing tool and simulation tracking. For simulators that have restrictions due to conductive metals or require a larger measurement volume, the Polaris solution uses reflective spheres to provide wireless tracking of medical tools.

The fast update rate and low latency, combined with sub-millimeter measurement accuracy, allows the most subtle of tool movements to be instantly tracked and visualized. For example, a tracked ultrasound probe used on a phantom could produce a simulated ultrasound display. A tracked needle could navigate ‘in vivo’ with lifelike tissue and organs, or within a virtual body that incorporates actual patient CT or MRI scans. The result is a true-to-life simulation environment in which users develop visual-spatial dexterity and skill competency, without any risk, across multiple disciplines:

  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • ENT Surgery
  • GI Endoscopy
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Obstetrics
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • And more

The customizable design of the electromagnetic and optical tracking solutions supports integration into different simulator form factors, from phantoms and mobile training carts, to the surgical theatre. Additionally, the measurement volume, measurement rate, sensors, and software interface can be adapted to meet your unique system integration requirements.