Journal article

Supporting skill acquisition in cochlear implant surgery through virtual reality simulation.

Bridget Copson, Sudanthi Wijewickrema, Yun Zhou, Patorn Piromchai, Robert Briggs, James Bailey, Gregor Kennedy, Stephen O'Leary

Cochlear Implants International | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness of a virtual reality (VR) temporal bone simulator in training cochlear implant surgery. METHODS: We compared the performance of 12 otolaryngology registrars conducting simulated cochlear implant surgery before (pre-test) and after (post-tests) receiving training on a VR temporal bone surgery simulator with automated performance feedback. The post-test tasks were two temporal bones, one that was a mirror image of the temporal bone used as a pre-test and the other, a novel temporal bone. Participant performances were assessed by an otologist with a validated cochlear implant competency assessment tool. Structural damage was derived from an automaticall..

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