KIYOSU, Japan—Toyoda Gosei Co. and EBM Corp, a developer of training simulators, have launched a surgical training simulator based on Toyoda Gosei's E-Rubber.
SupeR BEAT can reproduce the beating of the heart with extreme accuracy using E-Rubber, a material that moves with electricity, according to the firms. The two companies have been collaborating since November 2017 to develop a practical simulator to help surgeons efficiently improve their skills, Toyoda Gosei said in a news release.
Launched in January of 2018, E-Rubber is billed as a next generation material that moves with electricity and mechanical force.
SupeR BEAT features a special program that enables more than a dozen heartbeat patterns, mimicking complex heartbeat patterns due to arrhythmia or the rapid heartbeat of infants.
A stressful surgical environment very close to that of actual coronary artery bypass surgery can also be reproduced, the company statement added.
According to Toyoda Gosei, demand for surgical training simulators is rapidly growing as medical surgeries are becoming increasingly sophisticated.