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EndoMimyk: Future of Medical Simulator

During the 1930s, the technology of simulation has started first time to conduct a test for pilots. Gradually the simulation technology is repeatedly used in the automobile sector, biomechanics and even for the prediction of natural disasters. Therefore medical simulators are also developed nowadays in the Health Care sector. Which involves the simulation of human patients and organ training in medical fields. The implementation part is the most crucial stage of any medical simulator because the technology is relatively new. Simulators can only be perfected over a period of time by learning from the collected data.

Dr. Shanthanu Chakravarthy, a doctoral scholar in IISc, Bangalore said that “30% of India’s population suffers from gastro-related ailments, while 15% are affected by diabetes.” There is a lack of enough qualified Gastroenterologists in our country.  So Dr. Shanthanu along with the scientists of IISc Bangalore had developed a low-cost medical simulator EndoMimyk for endoscopy.

The main objective of EndoMimyk is to train clinicians with graphics visualization. It helps in bridging the gap between a doctor and his patients by enabling the doctors to perform remote medical diagnosis and treatment. EndoMimyk is not the first simulator available in the market. But the main USP of EndoMimyk is that it consists of a haptic interface, VR models and instrumented tools. Haptics is any form of interaction that involves touch. Haptic perception is the process of recognizing objects through touch. Endoscopy is a non-surgical procedure used to examine a person’s digestive tract, using a flexible tube with a light camera attached to it. Endoscopy now seems to very seamless process due to the invention of EndoMimyk. It could change the perspective of medical simulators. They can be used in medical institutions for students to better understand the medical procedure and can carry it out confidently.

A conventional medical simulator cost around Rs.1 crore, so the training cost for clinicians are also high. But with the help of EndoMimyk, such high cost can be minimized further. The cost of EndoMimyk is very low as compared to conventional medical simulator.

The funding for EndoMimyk came from the Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) BIRAC-DBT and Idea2PoC grant from Government of Karnataka. Currently, EndoMimyk is incubated inside the IISc campus and leverages the fine R&D background of the institute. The four founders of EndoMimyk, Shanthanu Chakravarthy, Nithin Shivashankar, Raghu Menon, and G Balaji are a team from IISc with a different domain of expertise. They also aimed to build world-class medical devices for India.

There are many passionate innovators like Dr. Shanthanu in our country, you could be one of them too. So join us at Bots ‘N Brains to become an innovation catalyst and make our country a better place.

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