ArthroSim Arthroscopy Simulator

Virtual Patients, Real Experience

ArthroSim Arthroscopy Simulator

ArthroSim, a Virtual Reality based knee and shoulder arthroscopy simulator, is the result of a continuing collaboration between the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS) and Touch of Life Technologies (ToLTech). ArthroSim is arguably the highest fidelity surgical simulator available.

High Fidelity Tactile Feedback

High Fidelity Tactile Feedback

To create a simulator worthy of the endorsement of these societies, we employ haptic devices having over twice the resolution and force capability of our competitor’s, bringing to life the subtle differences of probing disparate tissues of the joints. We utilize a unique cryosectioning technique giving 1/10th millimeter resolution and employ sophisticated Finite Element Modeling techniques to produce accurate real‐time deformations in response to flexion/extension and varus/valgus forces produced by the trainee.

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Training Curriculum

ArthroSim's Mentor provides a complete and sophisticated training program with curriculum and content developed by the AAOS. ArthroSim provides an autonomous training environment that utilizes movies, images, text, and Interactive Animations to teach to proficiency. ArthroSim explains and tests each step of a procedure, culminating with the trainees completing the procedures within community standard times.

Knee and Shoulder

Knee and Shoulder

ArthroSim easily transitions between left and right knee and shoulder, improving the ambidextrous abilities of the trainees, while allowing them to experience the differences in the two joints.

Future Developments

ArthroSim currently teaches complete diagnostic procedures for the knee and shoulder. In addition, in collaboration with two specialty committees from the AAOS (one for the knee and one for the shoulder) we are currently adding training for capsule tears (Meniscus, ACL, labrum, etc.), shaving, microfracture, partial menisectomy, and steps of repair to both joints.