05.12.2014

Executive Summary - SPATIAL COGNITIVE TRAINER (SCT© )

The SCT© (Spatial Cognitive Trainer) is a software application that trains surgeons and surgical students in various invasive operations. With integrated tools for tracking skill development, medical students and physicians can regularly monitor their progress in developing and maintaining the necessary spatial cognitive and manipulative skills for performing surgical minimal invasive procedures.

Surgery requires a large amount of training. Currently, most training is realized either on cadavers or dummy body corpses, which is costly and not easily accessible. While there are some existing computer training programs, these programs generally lack the learning tools needed to manipulate 3D objects from a limited number of 2D representations. SCT© - a PC based program - provides the user with the ability to hone gradually their dexterity skills in a 3D environment through the use of haptic arms with exercises of increased complexity. The various program levels provide constant feedback so the users can monitor their progress in a systematic way.

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