January 2013

Fully Immersive, high specification VERT system installed in New Zealand.

University of Otago

The University of Otago in Wellington has recently had a top of the range VERT system installed in the Department of Radiation Therapy.

The system was installed in January by Virtalis, Vertual’s hardware partner. During the training staff, visitors and members of the team who had contributed to the building renovation and restructuring were invited to an open house.

Head tracking proved to be very popular and two open house participants volunteered to try the experience of walking around the treatment room.

The VERT system installation is the successful culmination of a project between the University, CMS Alphatech and Vertual.

 

10th North American VERT system is installed at the College of Southern Nevada.

College of Southern Nevada

A business grade Immersive system has been installed in a temporary location so the students can benefit right now before a more dedicated space becomes available.  “We work with our customers to ensure their VERT system is tailored to their needs and budget, including their future plans for room redevelopment” said James Ward from Vertual. 

 

December 2012

First VERT system installed in Israel.

Vertual are pleased to announce the installation of a Seminar VERT system at the Sheba Medical Centre in Tel Hashomer, Israel. The system is part of a new program for training radiation therapists.

 

November 2012

The University of Vermont has become the 9th centre in the United States to select VERT for their educational programs.

University of Vermont

The team at the University of Vermont, lead by Jane Alsofrom has begun using VERT with their students.  The students were able to use a different hand pendant controller than one they had previously experienced and learn about the differences between Linacs. This helped them when preparing for their clinical placements with new equipment they were unfamiliar with.

 

October 2012

Vertual hosts the first ever VERT User event in North America.

Roundtable

The event, attended by 20 VERT customers and potential customers was well received with attendees braving Hurricane Sandy’s effects to share experience and discuss the current and future application of VERT as a teaching tool.  Professor Andy Beavis led a discussion where points raised by the group relating to competencies, continuing professional development and error simulation were debated by the whole group. James Ward shared the latest development news with the group and Arthur Kay closed the meeting by stating that ...”Today it is estimated that 40% of all cancer survivors owe their cure to radiotherapy. However, in a large number of radiation therapy centres around the world the latest life saving treatments have yet to be introduced. We hope very much that VERT will assist the uptake of these advanced treatments.”

Due to the success of this event Vertual are considering holding a similar event in Atlanta during ASTRO 2013.

 

 Vertual showcase first glimpse of new Linac models at ASTRO.

During the recent ASTRO meeting in Boston Vertual offered demonstrations on the hour, every hour to participants. In particular new and existing customers alike were pleased to see the very first glimpse of the Varian TrueBeam Linac and the Elekta Agility treatment head. The Elekta Agility head will be available to customers in the next software release. The first phase of the Varian TrueBeam Linac is to model the Linac itself and this will be available as an option to customers in 2013. 

The implementation of the Varian TrueBeam pendant is an ongoing development.

 

August 2012

Vertual signs a distribution agreement with V Medical services to offer Vertual’s products in Malaysia, Singapore and Sabah. 

“We are looking forward to working together with VMedical to introduce our state of the art training solutions to educational institutions in Malaysia” said Arthur Kay, International sales and marketing director for Vertual. 

 

May 2012

Vertual attends a successful ESTRO meeting in Barcelona.

 Vertual recently returned from ESTRO 31 in Barcelona. Visitors to the stand were able to see the latest version of VERT and were able to discover PEARL. PEARL, software specifically for patient information was launched at ASTRO in 2011 but this is the first time customers from Europe have had access to demonstrations. VERT Physics was a particular hit with the simulation of quality assurance equipment and techniques.

 On Saturday lunchtime visitors to the booth were able to hear from our invited “Meet the expert” Aidan Glen from University Hospital Zurich. Aidan enthralled the crowd with information about the use of VERT. Aidan described how VERT “ Reinforces the connection between theory and practice” for student education, “Reduces anxiety/uncertainty, builds trust between patient, staff and the therapy in general”. Aiden described how VERT can be used for patient education along with its future applications for Medical students and the demonstration of new clinical techniques.

 

aidan

Aidan Leong is pictured here during the Saturday lunchtime presentation.

 

April 2012

Vertual Ltd Showcases PEARL at the American Radium Society Meeting in Las Vegas.

PEARL is a tool for providing information about different radiation therapy techniques to patients and referring physicians. Team members from Vertual’s sales and marketing team were pleased to take part in the exhibition for this prestigious meeting. Radiation Oncologists were able to receive one on one demonstrations of the PEARL software.

 

March 2012

Dawson Community College in Montreal, Canada chooses VERT for its radiation therapy program.

Dawson College have chosen an Immersive VERT system to enhance their radiation therapy training program. The system is equipped with a Cinema grade projector and will be supplied with the VERT Physics module for quality assurance teaching and to enhance the demonstration of dosimetry principles for radiation therapy.

The system will be installed during the summer recess ready for students returning for Semester 1 in the fall.

 

February 2012

Hillsborough Community College chooses VERT.

Hillsborough Community College became the 8th educational institution in North America to install a VERT system. The system was installed in April. This is the first system in North America to use a Business grade projector for an Immersive, back projection system.

Students will benefit from the addition of VERT to their learning suite where a CT scanner, planning system, networking system and immobilisation equipment is already installed.

hillsborough

 

January 2012

Delgado Community College chooses VERT.

Delgado community college has become the 7th educational institution in North America to choose VERT.

Installation of the system has been completed and on site training has been provided. This is the first system anywhere to combine Front projection with tracking. The tracking equipment enhances the sense of Immersion for the student, providing a perspective from any angle in the treatment room including looking at the patient from underneath the couch.

Robin Wegener, Program Director at Delgado Community College summed up why VERT is needed "VERT fills the gap left by the loss of conventional simulation and block cutting.  This is the only tool available for students and therapists to examine treatment borders; visualize critical structures, normal anatomy, and treatment beams."  

A photograph of the VERT room is shown below.

delgado

 

Continuing Professional Development possibilities for VERT.

Vertual’s Product Specialist presented the use of VERT for Continuing Professional Development during the Society of Radiographers annual meeting in Birmingham. Vertual is committed to helping customers share information and further develop the use of VERT for continuing education. Presenting possible applications for VERT as a tool for continuing education and assisting customers with development and delivery of this content is part of the commitment from Vertual to existing and future customers.

 

December 2011

The First Fully Immersive, state of the art VERT System is installed in Australia.

Vertual and CMS Alphatech are delighted to announce that 5 fully, Immersive state of the art VERT system have been installed in Australia. The first system was installed at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and training followed shortly after the installation.

A further 4 systems were installed shortly thereafter. The systems are already proving to be a huge asset to the training programs at each facility. The project also provided funding for a VERT lead for each site to facilitate the integration of VERT into the educational curriculum.

The system, installed at RMIT is pictured below.

rmit

 

October 2011

Vertual attends a very successful ASTRO meeting in Miami, Florida

Vertual recently returned from the 54th ASTRO meeting in Miami, FL. Many visitors were already aware of Vertual’s products and many new visitors were able to hear about the potential benefits VERT could bring to their training and educational programs. Vertual announced a new patient information tool called PEARL at ASTRO, this product was well received by many receiving demonstrations of the prototype as a valid tool for providing information.

It is a challenge for radiation therapy professionals to explain the concepts and techniques used in radiation therapy to patients and also to referring physicians. PEARL meets the need for a simple, easy to use, engaging tool for providing information to increase understanding, raise awareness, increase referrals and build confidence in radiation therapy. Following the preview of PEARL at ASTRO, the release is planned for early 2012.

ASTRO 2011 also saw the return of our popular meet the expert presentations, well received during this and previous ASTRO meetings with visitors noting that “there is nothing like actually asking someone who has been there with the software”.

Vertual Astro 2011

ASTRO Leaders at the Vertual Booth Miami 2011

 

Thomas Jefferson University chooses VERT for its radiation therapy training program.

Thomas Jefferson University has chosen a Seminar VERT system to help train radiation therapy students. The system will be installed ready to begin training for the January semester.

“We are thrilled about the installation of VERT, it is going to completely change how we train our Radiation Therapy Students and also relieve some of the burden of training students in the clinic education settings. Today’s generation of students is so much more technologically dependent that it has become a challenge to reach students by traditional “stand-and-deliver” lecturing. Instead of sending students directly out into the clinic we will keep the students on campus for longer periods of time to work in a lab setting using VERT. When the student finally does enter the clinic they will have confidence about how to operate the equipment at their site and most importantly I strongly believe patient safety will be enhanced” said Matthew Marquess, Program Director for radiation therapy, Thomas Jefferson University.