Teaching Endoscopy in Virtual Reality (ViGaTu)

Gastrointestinal endoscopy is usually taught by an experienced physician that is looking after a trainee during his first endoscopic procedures. This system has major disadvantages. Some are that training time is limited and the spectrum of diseases that are taught is restricted to the ones treated at the center. 

National and international guidelines provide instructions on how to perform gastrointestinal endoscopy. Those guidelines are regularly updated and are of great help for the daily practice. Unfortunately, due to the increasing number of guidelines it is hard for trainees to identify the relevant information during their first period in endoscopy.

Additionally, commercially available endoscopy simulators are expensive and do not provide guideline knowledge.

In this project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research we develop a Virtual Reality based training for gastrointestinal endoscopy that is affordable and includes up-to-date guideline knowledge.


  • Monika Engelke, nursing scientist, head of Bildungszentrum Ruhr
  • Prof. Timo Ropinski, Research Group Visual Computing, University of Ulm
  • Prof. Tina Seufert, Head of the Learning and Instruction Lab, University of Ulm
  • Jun.-Prof. Claudia Schrader, Serious Games, University of Ulm
  • ThreeDee GmbH, Munich


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Portraitfoto von PD Dr. med. Alexander Hann

PD Dr. med.
Alexander Hann

Head of the working group

+49 931 201-45918

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Dr. med.
Daniel Fitting

Member of the working group


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