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Am J Surg. 2000 Sep;180(3):208-11.

A comparison between randomly alternating imaging, normal laparoscopic imaging, and virtual reality training in laparoscopic psychomotor skill acquisition.

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School of Psychology, the Queens University of Belfast, Belfast, Ireland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate virtual reality as a laparoscopic training device in helping surgeons to automate to the "fulcrum effect" by comparing it to time-matched training programs using randomly alternating images (ie, y-axis inverted and normal laparoscopic) and normal laparoscopic viewing conditions.

METHODS:

Twenty-four participants (16 females and 8 males), were randomly assigned to minimally invasive surgery virtual reality (MIST VR), randomly alternating (between y-axis inverted and normal laparoscopic images), and normal laparoscopic imaging condition. Participants were requested to perform a 2-minute laparoscopic cutting task before and after training.

RESULTS:

In the test trial participants who trained on the MIST VR performed significantly better than those in the normal laparoscopic and randomly alternating imaging conditions.

CONCLUSION:

The results show that virtual reality training may provide faster skill acquisition with particular reference to automation of the fulcrum effect. MIST VR provides a new way of training laparoscopic psychomotor surgical skills.

PMID:
11084131
DOI:
10.1016/s0002-9610(00)00469-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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