Every year, 5 million neurosurgical patients in developing countries do not receive any treatment because of the lack of specialists. It is estimated that 23,000 neurosurgeons are needed to cover this gap1. Simulation can increase the number of neurosurgeons, but to do so, we need tools of high technological value and low cost. UpSim meets these requirements. Join the change: support us by purchasing our tools.
Global neurosurgery: the current capacity and deficit in the provision of essential neurosurgical care. Executive Summary of the Global Neurosurgery Initiative at the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change. J Neurosurg. 2018 Apr 27:1-10.
How we did it
The 3D models used in all UpSim have been created through a novel process called “Scientific 3D modelling”, invented by UpSurgeOn and developed by the integration of two specialised teams in a 7-steps process: the Scientific Team (ST) and the Developing Team (DT). The ST consists of neurosurgeons, the DT of software/3D developers. The two teams have been working together to create the most realistic 3D models and scenarios. Pre-existing learning systems tend to be approximate, unrealistic and scientifically unverified.
The objective of the Scientific 3D modelling process is to improve the level of detail of anatomical models in order to make them as accurate as possible. In applying this method, it has been possible to reproduce the whole anatomy relevant to cranial neurosurgery in a thoroughly realistic manner. Starting with these accurate models of neurosurgical anatomy, UpSurgeOn created a library of high-fidelity models have been developed, simulating a variety of surgical approaches based on standard surgical techniques both digitally and physically and created a series of surgical scenarios which represents the current archive of simulation training tools of the UpSurgeOn contents: AppSurgeOn series (Apps) and UpSim series (physical + AR simulators).