What is it?
vCath is an app developed by Bangor University in the UK. It is designed to teach neurosurgical trainees the art of cannulating the lateral ventricles of the brain. The objective of the app is to guide a neurosurgical trainee through the steps of positioning and inserting a catheter into the brain of a 3D virtual patient.
What was Innovative?
The app uses gestures and movements to teach neurosurgical trainees the art of catheterisation of the ventricular system. The key innovative feature is procedures that can be carried out on virtual 3D patients with no risk of harm. Trainees could use apps such as vCath for all kinds of procedures and they could potentially be marketed as individual learning modules.
Why is it important?
vCath demonstrates the possibility of apps as training tools for clinicians with no risk to patients. Training via these apps may help build up the skills needed to actually perform procedures in the future. Creation of apps expanding to other modules would be key and should be pursued by medical institutions as a model of care.