Not a week seems to go by without new medical virtual reality (VR) progress being announced, as institutions and doctors find new ways to utilities the technology. In a recent announcement Surgical Theater, LLC, a leader in VR-based healthcare services, revealed a partnership with NordicNeuroLab to offer the company’s nordicBrainEx diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) processing application as part of Surgical Theater’s Precision VR enterprise-wide medical visualization platform.
At this weeks Congress of Neurological Surgeons, running from today until 28th September in San Diego, California, Surgical Theater will be unveiling how nordicBrainEx’s MRI neuro imaging software integrates with the company’s product portfolio. The addition of NordicNeuroLab technology will allow Surgical Theater to further expand the detail and immersion into relevant anatomy, functional structures and delicate tissues needed in planning and navigating surgery.
“Partnering with NordicNeuroLab was a natural next step for Surgical Theater,” said Moty Avisar, CEO and Co-Founder of Surgical Theater. “Our Precision VR platform and nordicBrainEx complement each other while bringing vital imaging capabilities and valuable datapoints immediately to neurosurgeons in the clinic and operating room. This immersive view has become essential for surgical planning and navigation as well as a powerful tool for patient engagement.”
Surgical Theater’s Precision VR medical visualization platform combines leading-edge fighter jet flight simulation technology with a patient’s own MRI and CT scans, to create VR and augmented reality (AR) reconstructions of the patient’s exact anatomy and pathology. This allows patient-specific surgical planning and education experiences for medical professionals, by putting on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset, then walk or flying through the patient-specific reconstruction
“Transitioning from a 2D image on a flat screen to the 360 degree, immersive Precision VR perspective is groundbreaking for surgeons,” said Robert Louis, M.D., neurosurgeon and Director of the Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program at Hoag Neurosciences Institute. “This powerful technology is changing how we prepare our patients and perform surgery by being able to ‘fly-through’ the actual surgical plan before making the incision. Seamlessly integrating nordicBrainEx’s DTI capabilities further enhances the visualization of critical anatomy and augments decision processes which can have a dramatic effect on increasing patient safety and improving overall outcomes.”
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