The Congress of Neurological Surgeons is pleased to announce a partnership that will greatly enhance Operative Neurosurgery’s Surgical Video section, which currently includes 2D and 3D videos. Surgical Theater and NEUROSURGERY® Publications will partner to bring virtual reality to Operative Neurosurgery. Under this partnership, a select number of surgical videos submitted to the journal will be invited to be transformed by Surgical Theater into a 360° virtual reality fly-through video.
This new partnership is a part of NEUROSURGERY® Publications’ Advanced Media initiative, which seeks to enhance journal content by bringing novel technology to Neurosurgery and Operative Neurosurgery.
“Surgical Theater’s partnership with Operative Neurosurgery grants us the ability to establish the 360° virtual reality fly-through as a new component in peer reviewed surgical cases,” said Moty Avisar, CEO and Co-founder of Surgical Theater. “We look forward to making 360° virtual models a new way to plan, fly-through and share neurosurgery cases. The era of shared experience allowed by virtual and augmented reality devices and 360° models is revolutionary and it is led by the neurosurgery community.”
Surgical Theater, the market leader in virtual and augmented reality-based healthcare services, is the first to combine cutting-edge fighter jet flight simulation technology with a patient’s own anatomy scans. Rendered from comprehensive combined modalities of CT, MRI as well as advanced post processing images such as DTI and BOLD, the 360° virtual reality fly-through is designed to allow surgeons to walk and fly-through a reconstruction of the patient’s own anatomy and pathology. Surgeons literally walk in the space between the white matter tracks and the tumor, being fully immersed in the mental situational awareness of the margin’s assessment. By simply turning their head from side to side, the surgeon can further explore the anatomy and plan the craniotomy, surgical path, trajectory, corridor and the entire surgical strategy.
This innovative, interactive technology provides patient engagement opportunities in the clinic, surgical planning capabilities, and intraoperative visualization & navigation during complex surgical procedures in the operating room. It also serves as a powerful tool for medical education and collaboration. Used in more than 6,000 surgeries to date, surgeons have reported they were able to see structures and anatomic relationships that were not easily detectable in two-dimensional or even three-dimensional tools. By bringing this technology to the pages of Operative Neurosurgery, readers will have the opportunity to experience the nuances of operative anatomical relationships and neurosurgical approaches on an entirely new level.
All surgical videos submitted to the journal will be eligible for consideration, however those pertaining to operative anatomical relationships and innovative neurosurgical approaches, are of particular interest. Authors of surgical videos selected for this project will be informed in the first decision letter and complete details on how to proceed will be provided at that time.