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
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..View full abstract