Evaluation of hands-on training in colonoscopy: Is a computer-based simulator useful?

Alessandra Elvevi, Paolo Cantù, Giovanni Maconi, Dario Conte, Roberto Penagini

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Background and aims: The advantages of using a computer-based simulator during colonoscopy training are debated. We aimed to explore its usefulness in objectively measuring trainees' competence in colonoscopy. Methods: Twelve colonoscopy trainees (fully trained in upper GI endoscopy) were evaluated using a computer-based simulator (GI-Mentor, Symbionix) before and during hands-on training (i.e. after 60 colonoscopies); the controls were 15 experts (>90% of caecal intubation). Both trainees and experts performed two " screening" simulations (easy and difficult) in a randomised order, and the time to reach the caecum and withdrawal time was assessed. Results: The percentage of caecal intubation progressively increased during hands-on training. All of the trainees intubated the caecum during the easy and difficult simulations, both before and during hands-on training. The median time (interquartile range) to reach the caecum upon easy simulation was the only variable influenced by hands-on training: 2.7. min (2.1-3.2) before and 1.9. min (1.6-2) during training (. p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)580-584
Number of pages5
JournalDigestive and Liver Disease
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • Caecal intubation
  • Colonoscopy
  • Training
  • Withdrawal time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology


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