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Surgical Theater and NordicNeuroLab Announce Partnership to Deliver Next-Generation Virtual Reality & Diffusion Tensor Imaging Technology to Neurosurgeons and Patients
|By Business Wire
|September 23, 2016 01:31 PM EDT
Theater, LLC, the market leader in virtual reality (VR) based
healthcare services, announced today it has partnered with NordicNeuroLab
to offer the Norway-based company’s nordicBrainEx diffusion tensor
imaging (DTI) processing application as part of Surgical Theater’s
Precision VR™ enterprise-wide medical visualization platform. 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
On exhibit at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons meeting on Monday,
September 26 to Wednesday, September 28 in San Diego, Calif., Surgical
Theater will unveil at Booth #715 how nordicBrainEx’s comprehensive
functional MRI neuro imaging software integrates with the company’s
product portfolio powered by Precision VR. Working together, the two
entities deliver novel, comprehensive and immersive patient-specific
reconstructions that integrate with existing neurosurgical tools and
technologies utilized in most hospitals today.
“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 combines leading-edge fighter jet flight simulation
technology with the patient’s own medical imaging studies, such as MRI
and CT, to create virtual and augmented reality reconstructions of the
patient’s exact anatomy and pathology. The result is the company’s
Precision VR enterprise-wide medical visualization platform providing
patient-specific surgical planning and education experiences for medical
professionals, with VR-empowered patient engagement capabilities.
Today, instead of the neurosurgeon pointing out the tumor or vascular
abnormality on a flat, black-and-white 2D image used in most medical
facilities, the Precision VR empowered surgeon and patient can swipe
their fingers across a touch screen or slip on an Oculus Rift® or HTC
Vive® VR headset, then walk or fly through the patient-specific
reconstruction during a surgical consult. With the incorporation of the
intuitive nordicBrainEx application, Surgical Theater also will be able
to process DTI and MRI perfusion scans allowing Precision VR clinicians
to perform additional evaluations of healthy brain structures, eloquent
areas, and the targeted pathological tissues all on one system. Post
processed DTI scans map the white matter pathways, or tracts, in the
brain between the functional centers, which is extremely powerful to
visualize when planning a surgical approach to the abnormality while
also preserving critical structures within the brain.
“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.”
Much like Surgical Theater’s platform of products, nordicBrainEx is
compatible and capable of analyzing data from all major MRI vendors. The
processed data and imaging can be incorporated into patient-specific VR
reconstructions and saved into comprehensive reports that can be shared
with patients, exported to existing neuro-navigation systems and
utilized for rehearsal purposes or in collaborative and peer review
“Like X-rays, CAT scans and MRI, DTI is quickly becoming an essential
aspect in surgical planning,” said Fredrik Isdal, NordicNeuroLab’s Chief
Executive Officer. “NordicBrainEx is designed to equip surgeons with
seamless and immediate illustrations of functional tracts within the
brain while minimizing the probability of error or variability in the
quality of the results. With Surgical Theater, we found an ally in
delivering integrated imaging solutions that were once out of reach to
all but major research institutions.”
About Surgical Theater
Surgical Theater is committed to providing virtual reality based
healthcare services that bring enterprise-wide value to its partners.
Surgical Theater integrates cutting-edge fighter jet flight simulation
skill sets to redefine medical imaging and visualization capabilities
that empower both patients and physicians throughout the treatment
continuum. Surgical Theater’s innovative imaging platform combines &
enhances multiple imaging modalities to create a comprehensive, virtual
reconstruction for various levels of interaction and immersion
facilitating a virtual tour inside the patients' own anatomy. Find out
more at www.SurgicalTheater.net
and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/surgical-theater
or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SurgicalTheater.
With over a decade of experience, NordicNeuroLab (NNL) provides products
and solutions that define the field of functional MR imaging. We
understand the growing need for reliable and innovative tools in this
growing field. As a result, we closely collaborate with research and
clinical teams from both academic and medical centers, MR system
manufacturers, and third party vendors to develop and manufacture
hardware and software solutions that meet the needs of very experienced
centers while developing training programs to make fMRI easy to adopt
for more novice users. From state of the art post-processing and
visualization software for BOLD, Diffusion/DTI, and Perfusion/DCE
imaging to fMRI hardware for audio and visual stimulation, eye tracking,
and patient response collection, NNL's products are used around the
world by researchers and clinicians alike. Ultimately, we are dedicated
to bringing the most advanced neuro-imaging tools to market while making
functional MRI programs easy to implement. Find out more about
NordicNeuroLab at www.nordicneurolab.com/
and at www.facebook.com/NordicNeuroLab.
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