Cardiovascular Disease is on the rise
In our modern world we grow ever older. Therefore we experience more late life diseases than ever. This is particularly cardiovascular disease. In USA these diseases account for 640.000 deaths every year, as the number one cause of death.
Conducting Surgery to resolve cardiovascular disease is becoming more and more possible, but it is extremely difficult. Surgeons manoeuvre sewing wire sized tools around the complex blood canals to find something they cannot see. Dangerous radiation and feeling of touch are the two only things that assist the surgeon in finding and treating the diseased area.
Good, cheap and available training
Multiple studies have found a correlation between patient specific training and factors such as surgeons increased confidence, lowered radiation dose and lowered operation time [Desender et al] [Torres et al]. We have developed a simulator that can be produced for a low cost and made available in multiple training settings. We want to train the surgeons of tomorrow and help surgeons of the future prepare for surgery.