Sharona B Ross, MD1, Timothy J Bourdeau, BS1, Michael Musumeci, BS1, Phuong Dang2, Aviad Gravetz, MD1, Chandler Wilfong, MD1, Iswanto Sucandy, MD1, Alexander S Rosemurgy, MD1. 1Florida Hospital Tampa, 2Surgical Theater
Objective: With the advent of Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), surgeons could for the first time assess an individual’s anatomy and pathology with considerable detail. Now, Surgical Theater’s Precision VR™ takes the two-dimensional CT and MRI images and renders them into an interactive color-coded 360-degree Virtual Reality (360°VR) map of the patient's anatomy and pathology.
Description: The Precision VR™ technology utilizes 1mm high resolution CT or MRI ‘cuts’. A Surgical Theater VR specialist first assists the software in identifying tumor and blood vessel locations. The software then generates a layered, color-coded 360°VR model of the patient’s anatomy and pathology. Thus, surgeons are able to plan and rehearse prior to the operation using Precision VR™. The 360°VR models allow for details of the patient’s unique anatomy and pathology to be studied at high resolution from all angles. This visualization platform can be seamlessly integrated into existing surgical navigation technology and other operative tools with a minimal learning curve. As a result, operations can be safer and more efficient with more predictable operative outcomes. Additionally, utilizing the Precision VR™ Viewer, patients can better visualize their pathology and proposed surgical procedures, which enhances their engagement, understanding, and satisfaction.
Conclusion/Future Direction: Surgical Theater’s Precision VR™ provides a cutting-edge technology that embraces the inevitable future of immersive preoperative imaging studies. Implementation of the 360°VR visualization has helped foster effective communication among surgeons and between patients and physicians and results in greater patient satisfaction. The platform also enhances preoperative planning as well as education and collaborative efforts among all healthcare providers to ultimately improve clinical quality. Surgical Theater has recently pioneered the first augmented reality (AR) system that can be integrated into the operating room (OR). EndoSNAP™, the first OR technology of its kind, expands the surgeon’s videoscopic view beyond the boundaries of the traditional videoscopic camera. By overlaying the CT/MRI 360-degree model over the optic view, the surgeon is now given the ability to visualize “mixed reality” (AR & VR) during the procedure. With the ultimate goal to evaluate the potential benefits of the technology in various surgical fields, the application of Precision VR™ using EndoSNAP™ in gastrointestinal surgery will be evaluated at Florida Hospital Tampa. The impact of this technology on the clinician and patient as well as operative outcomes will be assessed.
Presented at the SAGES 2017 Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.
Abstract ID: 91267
Program Number: ETP852
Presentation Session: Emerging Technology iPoster Session (Non CME)
Presentation Type: Poster