Chicago-based Level Ex has launched its 3D mobile application that provides a realistic environment to master skills in minimally invasive surgical procedures.

The app features challenging and rare patient cases that surgeons can explore in a realistic environment.

Level EX founder and chief executive officer Sam Glassenberg said: "Despite growing up in a family of physicians, I chose a career in video games.

"The use of the application enables physicians at all levels to maximise learning and improve surgical outcomes."

“When I saw the simulation technology currently employed for surgical training, it became abundantly clear that the video game industry is at least a decade ahead of medical simulation when it comes to technology, distribution and business models.”

Level EX's first mobile application enables physicians to tackle difficult airway cases.

Airway EX app is designed for anesthesiologists, otolaryngologists, critical care specialists, emergency medicine physicians and pulmonologists.

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The free app is available in beta for iOS from the App Store and for Android from Google Play.

Level EX claimed that its technology presents unprecedented realism, enabled by accurate simulation of human tissue dynamics, endoscopic device optics and moving fluids to recreate life-like surgeries.

Virtual patient cases are modelled from actual surgeries submitted by physicians.

Glassenberg added: "Level EX was created to close that gap and arm physicians with a new approach to learning without the use of an academic sim center.

“Our success means the proliferation of best practices among an ecosystem of more confident doctors, who are better-prepared for the rare and unexpected that arise in surgery."

The Mount Sinai Hospital neuro ICU director Errol Gordon noted: "There are only so many hours for training and perfecting your skills outside of seeing patients.

“Level EX addresses roadblocks that hold physicians back by offering an easy-to-use, realistic mobile application that provides them with an edge in learning procedures through detailed patient scenarios.

"The use of the application enables physicians at all levels to maximise learning and improve surgical outcomes."

In 2017, Level EX aims at launching further mobile applications in numerous specialty areas including gastroenterology, cardiology and orthopedic surgery.