Professor Andy Beavis with the VERT system.
The Hull-based Vertual company could dramatically cut NHS training costs with its innovative technology.
Virtual environment radiotherapy training (VERT) is a 3D interactive radiotherapy training device that was developed by pioneering trio Professor Andy Beavis, Professor Roger Phillips and James Ward. Already their business has sold 51 systems, with a first year turnover in excess of £3m.
VERT allows students to walk around a virtual training room wearing 3D glasses – using computer generated equipment and a handheld pendant, identical to that of the actual equipment used to simulate surgery.
This removes the need for training to be carried out in expensive radiography treatment suites.
See the full report on page 28 of the May 2009 issue of RAD Magazine