CX Training Village is bigger and better than ever


Returning at this year’s Symposium is the CX Training Village, which will be held in the Exhibition Hall. The Village will be available over the four days of the Symposium and gives surgeons, not just trainees, hands-on endovascular and laparoscopic training. Companies participating include: Medical Simulation Corporation, Mentice, TeraRecon, Simbionix and Karl Storz.

Medical Simulation Corporation

Medical Simulation Corporation is an education services company that provides medical product and clinical procedure training. MSC’s clients include medical product manufacturers, medical societies, and hospital personnel including clinical specialists and sales representatives, physicians, nurses, and technicians. The company delivers customized training services that reduce clinical staff training and certification costs for hospitals, accelerate product launches for medical device manufacturers, and bring the best demonstrated practices of medical societies to the fingertips of physicians, nurses, and technicians. The SimSuite Education System incorporates state-of-the-art interactive simulation technology that provides “hands on” reality without risks to patients. For more information, please visit


Mentice is a supplier of virtual reality (VR) based applications within the field of medicine, with special attention to the area of minimally invasive surgery. The company has complete product portfolios in the areas of endovascular and cardiovascular intervention, laparoscopy and arthroscopy. The company is also heading the broader introduction of surgical education based on modern simulation technology as a tool in the clinical learning process to improve education and training, reduce cost of education, and increase

Patient safety.

Available at the Symposium will be the Procedicus VIST – Vascular Intervention Simulator Trainer, from Mentice. The system consists of an interface device, a computer and multiple displays. The virtual patient consists of more than 80 unique patient cases. All products are active and can be manipulated at any time in the procedure. The tactile feedback, when using real products and devices makes the training experience realistic. Procedicus VIST is multidisciplinary and physicians can practice on carotid, coronary, iliac/SFA, neuro, renal and lead placement procedures in a patient safe environment with the same physical products used in reality – wires, catheters, balloons, stents, coils etc. For more information, visit


Simbionix Mentor Simulators are designed for efficient “hands-on” training of physicians in advanced surgical and interventional procedures, the improvement of Continuing Medical Education, and economic and safe medicine. The company’s Training Division has recently introduced the Second Generation of Technology for Minimally Invasive Therapy (MIT) Training. Simbionix’ computerised endoscopic simulators provide physicians with a unique opportunity to learn the skills and coordination required in MIT. The concern for patient safety is removed while the physician practices on procedures to the extent required to develop proficiency. Difficult procedures may be practiced at any time, as opposed to real life where such cases may or may not come along during the training stage.

The company’s simulators incorporate specialised technologies to provide true-to-life scenarios for endoscopic training. Simbionix Specialized Technologies include; visualisation; advanced force feedback; collision detection; processing of tools and body interaction; haptic rendering device; tracking; advanced 3D graphics; and internet communications.

Simbionix’ Angio Mentor training system is a multidisciplinary simulator that provides hands-on practice, in an extensive and complete simulated environment of interventional endovascular procedures. Interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologist and vascular surgeons can use it to perform complete procedures, as well as acquiring basic skills. Using the Angio Mentor allows physicians to perform a diagnostic angiogram by inserting a catheter into an artery under fluoroscopic guidance, with subsequent injection of contrast material and imaging of the entire vascular distribution. Physicians can also; assess the significance of vascular occlusive diseases as well as the outcome of an interventional procedure, by monitoring intra-arterial pressure gradients; perform full angioplasty balloon dilation procedures, or similar procedures using a stent or other interventional devices, and treat at the appropriate sites; monitor patient’s vital signs; perform full neurological examination; and administer drugs accordingly, all in a controlled and safe environment. Procedure modules are available for carotid stenting, renal intervention, SFA artery and iliac intervention.

In addition, the company’s LAP Mentor, is a multi disciplinary simulator that enables hands-on practice for a single trainee or a team at any given time. The system offers opportunities for perfecting basic generic laparoscopic skills and for performing complete laparoscopic surgery procedures.

Simbionix provides medical simulation technology through computer-assisted medical simulation training systems, setting the standard for minimally invasive surgical training and performance. For more information, visit


TeraRecon will introduce the concept of endovascular therapy planning using CTA or MRA and the TeraRecon Aquarius Workstation. Its Aquarius Workstation is equipped with fast and intuitive tools for measuring the aorta and its various branches, with built-in workflows to streamline the selection of graft components and to provide confidence in vascular surgeon’s understanding of endovascular intervention cases they work on. The company’s highly regarded system is used by and has been developed in close co-operation with leading physicians in the field, such as Dr Roy Greenberg, of the Cleveland Clinic and Foundation.

The Aquarius system is very well equipped to deal with not only infrarenal AAA graft planning, but also TAA graft planning and fenestrated/branch graft planning, with tools available that can describe the locations and sizes of the Celiac, SMA and renal arteries in minutes. Overall, the system incorporates streamlined tools for vascular analysis and endovascular intervention planning, and advanced planning tools for infrarenal or fenestrated grafts. The system rapidly extract centerlines and calculates measurements, even from tortuous anatomy.

The company will also demonstrate AquariusNET Server, an enterprise-wide 3D thin client server system that allows for interactive review and reporting of CTA and MRA studies from any thin-client desktop PC. The Aquarius range of 3D products have achieved global market acceptance for maximizing the utility of MDCT, MR and other medical imaging data throughout an enterprise using a central 3D processing server delivering real-time interactive 3D imaging to networked PCs running the AquariusNET thin-client application. As there are no licensing fees for deployment of the thin-client application and it runs on any PC open desktop, it can be applied to PACS diagnostic review stations, HIS, RIS and other informatics systems without the need for complex hardware upgrades or the need to move large 3D datasets across existing networks.

TeraRecon is an imaging technology company that develops, markets, and supports systems and subsystems for professional imaging applications, with special emphasis on medical imaging. For more information, visit

Karl Storz

Last, but by no means least, Karl Storz’s main theme at this year’s symposium will be, “Total laparoscopic Aortic Surgery”. The company will have two workstations in the Training Village where surgeons can “test” their laparoscopic skills (suturing). For more information please visit: