Featured in Delta Sky… “Surgical Theater technology gives you an amazing ability to Immerse yourself in the anatomical structures…”
Delta Sky 2016
If you discovered that you had a brain tumor, visions of a neurosurgeon donning virtual reality goggles and walking around inside your skull probably wouldn’t be the first thing to come to mind. But with advanced technology once reserved for extreme gamers, neurosurgeons are gaining unprecedented access to patients’ brain anatomy before and during surgery.
Using flight simulator technology developed by former Israeli air force officers Moty Avisar and Alon Geri, Surgical Theater enables neurosurgeons to “fly” through the scene of the mission – and even rehearse complicated procedures – before ever setting foot in the operation room.
“Complex neurosurgery requires a deep understanding of intricate anatomy,” explains Dr. Neil Martin, professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA Medical Center. “The Surgical Theater technology give you an amazing ability to immerse yourself in the anatomical structures and mentally rehearse the entire operation ahead of time. It also allows you to reorient yourself during critical steps of a complex surgery.” The Food and Drug Administration – cleared rehearsal platform, Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform, transforms traditional CT or MRI images into dynamic, interactive three-dimensional models of a patient’s brain. Surgeons can twist and turn images and zoom in or out. The addition of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality headset advances the technology. With it, you can jump into the virtual setting, turn your head 180 degrees and see the anatomy on the other of the skull.Continue reading the article