Virtual reality simulator: demonstrated use in neurosurgical oncology


Surg Innov. 2013 Apr;20(2):190-7. Epub 2012 Jun 20. doi: 10.1177/1553350612451354.

Clarke DB, D’Arcy RC, Delorme S, Laroche D, Godin G, Hajra SG, Brooks R, DiRaddo R.


The overriding importance of patient safety, the complexity of surgical techniques, and the challenges associated with teaching surgical trainees in the operating room are all factors driving the need for innovative surgical simulation technologies.


Despite these issues, widespread use of virtual reality simulation technology in surgery has not been fully implemented, largely because of the technical complexities in developing clinically relevant and useful models. This article describes the successful use of the NeuroTouch neurosurgical simulator in the resection of a left frontal meningioma.


The widespread application of surgical simulation technology has the potential to decrease surgical risk, improve operating room efficiency, and fundamentally change surgical training.