Virtual Surgery Practice Before the Show
So how many of you have had surgery before? How about played video games? Well this time on Health Tech Weekly I bring you a new training project that is bringing those two activities together. Enter Surgical Theater, a revolutionary virtual reality surgery training tool that is being used to allow surgeons and surgeons in training to practice difficult surgeries while watching on a virtual patient screen.
This is not that far from the reality of many surgeries which are conducted using remote instruments and video from inside the patient via tiny incisions in the skin. According to the website at SurgicalTheater.net allow physicians to plan, rehearse and tele-mentor surgery.
“Tele-mentor?” That sounds more like a cartoon super villain than a method of training the doctors of the future.
Whatever the words they use this is pretty cool. The system is featuring specific neurosurgeries including modules for cerebral aneurysm, pituitary tumor and meningioma (a form of brain cancer) according to an interview with Surgical Theater’s president Moty Avisar from Medgadget.com. The system takes flat two dimensional images from CT scans and X-rays and translates them into the three dimensional anatomical geography of the brain so that surgeons can prepare for the structures they will actually see during the real operation.
Coming Soon To A Hospital Near You
The system has received initial FDA approval to move forward and has been purchased by several hospital systems including University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. Once final FDA approval has been received, the system will operate side by side in real surgeries allowing surgeons to practice difficult moves just before they do it for real, similar to the way athletes warm up before a race or competition.
As the system continues to roll out to other hospital programs, the surgical theater could be coming to a surgery near you. Early adopters include the Mayo Clinic, UCLA medical center and more.
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