Virtual Patient Modelling (VR-Anat, formerly known as 3D-VPM) uses patient-specific data to enable pre-operative assessment. Diagnosis and Virtual Planning (VR Planning, formerly 3D DVP) is software which enables navigation and tool positioning within 3D images that can be reconstructed from any multimedia-equipped computer. These two sets of software were developed by IRCAD in collaboration with the French Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA), and tested in five hospitals in France, Switzerland and Canada.
France Telecom, also a partner in the Odysseus project, developed the communication system called Argonaute, allowing several practitioners in different places to interact and advise on the images simultaneously. The unlimited laparoscopic simulator (ULIS) and the robotic surgery simulator (SEP Robot) added realistic physical properties of texture and tissue resistance to the 3D model of the patient, allowing surgical intervention to be simulated before real surgery. These simulations were developed respectively by the German endoscope manufacturer Karl Storz and by SimSurgery of Norway. Luc Soler holds that it is now difficult to tell the difference between photos of real surgery and the simulator images.
Reaching the market
The products developed during the Odysseus project are already contributing to new employment and this will increase once trials are complete and production is under way. IRCAD is now working with the major services company Altran to develop an online service based on the patient modelling and surgical planning systems, VR Anat and VR Planning. A new company, Digital Trainers, has been set up to take forward production of the ULIS laparoscopic simulator, and Karl Storz is expecting to marke
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