VolumetricOR: A new Approach to Simulate Surgical Interventions in Virtual Reality for Traning and Education

With VolumetricOR surgical staff can learn and train surgical interventions in a photorealistic virtual operating room. Situated in the virtual reality environment users can experience surgical workflows based on the spatial reconstruction of images recorded directly in the operating theater. While existing simulation formats restrict users in terms of scale, perspective and field of view, in VolumetricOR trainees can experience a scene three-dimensionally, from any perspective and in real scale as if they are physically present.

VolumetricOR improves the linking of theoretical expertise and practical application of knowledge and shifts the learning experience from observation to participation. It can be applied for digital training and education as well as for quality assessment, legal documentation and recruitment. Trainees can acquire procedural knowledge before going to the operating room and professional staff could improve the efficiency and quality of the learning and training process by communicating techniques and workflows when the possibilities of training on-site are limited. By enabling hospitals to produce their own volumetric content, we would like to empower them to build digital classrooms to communicate surgical skills and workflows in the OR.

The project is funded by the German Research Foundation and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

Queisner M, Pogorzhelskiy M, Remde C, Pratschke J,  Sauer IM. VolumetricOR: A new Approach to Simulate Surgical Interventions in Virtual Reality for Training and Education. Surgical Innovation. 2022;  doi: 10.1177/15533506211054240.

Funded by the German Research Foundation
Partner: Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung, Humboldt University of Berlin


Our Team

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Head of Experimental Surgery

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Junior Research Group Leader

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Michael Pogorzhelskiy


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Peter Tang

Research Assistant

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