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Hospitals Use iPhone Based X-ray Machine Simulator to Train Staff

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An x-ray machine simulator (the Virtual Cath Lab or VCL) is now helping medical professionals train to use x-ray equipment in a risk free environment. The ‘basic version’ of the software is available for both PC and iPhone / iPad and is:

- Free.

- Accredited by a UK professional medical body (The College of Radiographers).

- The winner of an NHS Innovations Award. 

‘Advanced’ versions integrated with standard ‘gaming hardware’ have been installed in 2 large UK teaching hospitals, with another in the pipeline.

Medical imaging is the primary source of man-made radiation exposure to the general public. Medical professionals training to operate x-ray equipment experience a steep psycho-motor learning curve. The VCL uses 3D gaming technology to transfer this curve to a virtual environment, thus potentially reducing radiation dose to staff and patients and increasing procedure efficiency and safety. Through the support and generosity of the UK Society and College of Radiographers, the ‘basic’ VCL has been made freely available to all UK NHS staff, through Vycaria’s website and iTunes. “…this app represents a new modality of medical teaching.” – review comment from

About Vycaria

Vycaria is derived from the word ‘vicarious’ meaning ‘to experience second-hand’ or ‘in place of’. Using a custom-made 3D engine specially designed and optimized for mobile platforms, only Vycaria currently offers real-time 3D medical simulation and anatomical viewing for the iPhone / iPad.
The PC based VCL is available from Vycaria’s website:

iVCLs are available via iTunes or can be found on the Apps store (search on ‘vycaria’ or ‘iVCL’).

‘Basic’ free version:

Advanced version:

For more information please contact:

Mr Shawn Larson: /

Phone: 0113 397 3470 / 07920 785 915

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