How does this simulation training device work? RoSS training is divided into three levels:
"The simulation has been designed in such a way that with a five-minute introduction, anybody could sit on it and start working," says Kesavadas.
The five-minute introduction is built into the simulation unit and teaches the practitioner how to use RoSS through audio, video, and text instructions. It teaches the RoSS user similar to the way a trained robotics surgeon would teach a new practitioner by first pointing out the various elements and instructing the user to touch them.
If a medical staff wants to increase the training of its robotics surgeons in the future, the devices' creators hope one option will be to use the RoSS.
"In certain metropolitan areas, it's easier to find good surgeons. But you look at community hospitals and hospitals in rural areas, if they buy a robot, it's very tough to get a surgeon to use it, and that is probably what has stopped its explosive growth," says Kesavadas.
"Simulation is really one of the keys to overcoming this problem."
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