VirtaMed and The American Society for Reproductive Medicine proudly present the first ever virtual reality simulator for embryo transfer: the ASRM Embryo Transfer Module. The product will be officially introduced at the ASRM Annual Meeting 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, on October 17–21. Come visit the VirtaMed booth #457!
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The ASRM Embryo Transfer Module is the ultimate patient safety tool: physicians can train ultrasound-guided and -unguided embryo transfer in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) with authentic tools, a wide variety of cases and several anatomies without having to practice on live, anxious patients. The provided tutorials and educational content allow for teacherless training, and the feedback reports show the student's progress on the learning curve. This is the first high tech, virtual reality training modality available to health care providers learning these techniques.
The authentic tools make the procedure feel just like the real thing: you get to work with a bendable guide catheter and a soft transfer catheter, and transfer the embryos with a syringe. The whole procedure can be monitored with an adjustable transabdominal ultrasound probe, and even a stylet is available, if needed. The pelvic model, with its interchangeable cervical canals, provides tactile feedback and makes the training a life-like experience.
You can operate the ultrasound probe with a colleague, or use the virtual ultrasound assistant when you‘re practicing on your own. The simulator‘s ultrasound is highly realistic: the 3-D volumes are rendered using real-life ultrasound images from actual patients; the clarity can be improved by pressing the probe; and the patient‘s stress is reflected in her breathing.
Customized training courses
The module features ASRM-endorsed educational content and 12 different assisted reproduction cases with rising difficulty, which can be used to create customized training courses on the simulator. The VirtaMed SimProctor™ guidance shows an outside view of the entire anatomy and gives tips throughout the procedure. You get a detailed feedback report after completing the transfer, and the scores, based on generally approved metrics, help you keep track of your progress on the learning curve.
Three different transfer techniques
Three different transfer techniques You can choose to practice your own preferred transfer method, or try them all to find the best technique. A direct transfer stands for transferring the embryos without first navigating the canal; a transfer with trial happens by inserting and removing the catheters as many times as needed in order to feel confident about the path, and then navigating in with the loaded catheter. An afterload means first finding an ideal placement location using both the guide catheter and a soft trial catheter, and then replacing the trial catheter with the loaded embryo catheter.
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