Surgical Theater Bringing the Flight Simulation Technology to the Most Intricate of Brain Surgery Procedures
Avisar, president and co-founder of Surgical Theater, gathered decades of experience as a research and development officer in the Israeli Air Force and is now using that experience to dramatically improve levels of accuracy in brain and other forms of complicated surgery.
Moti Avisar, co-founder and president of Surgical Theater, along with his partner in the company Alon Geri, spent more than 20 years working together honing their skills in the crucial study of flight simulation as serving officers in the Israeli Air Force.
The pair developed cutting-edge technology skills that were destined to be used in the modern war arena, helping to simulate situations for F-16 pilots, designed to would allow them to arrive at exceptionally high levels of proficiency without hopefully ever finding themselves in a situation that they would need to put these skills into practice.
Whilst in the process of leaving the IAF, Multi Avisar and Alon Geri made a conscious decision to use the skills that they had achieved and the knowledge they had gained in a completely different theater- the operating theater.
The decision led to the founding of Surgical Theater in partnership with Dr. Warren R. Selman, M.D, who brought the necessary experience, and at the highest possible level, of operating theater procedures.
Dr. Selman adds his many years of experience as a Neurosurgeon, being a former Chairman of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and currently head of the Department of Neurological Surgery in the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio where Surgical Theater are based.
After 3 years of development, the trio recently announced the release of their FDA-approved surgery rehearsal program called Surgical Theater, designed to allow physicians with the opportunity to simulate the most complicated procedures in brain surgery so that they can enter into the pressure ridden situation as prepared as they can be having been given the opportunity to learn as much as they can about the state of their patient’s condition without any form of initial surgery.
Surgical Theater was developed in such a way that it can readily utilize information on a particular patient gained through the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as well as CT scans. The surgical theatre platform has been designed and programmed in order to create a highly accurate 3D model of a particular patients’ brain that can be thoroughly examined on a computer screen to identify any tumors, and if so their size and position. Once the tumour has been identified , then the operating surgeon, will be able to use specially designed joysticks that simulate the role of surgical tools, can actually rehearse the procedure they will use in the forthcoming operation, and for as many times as need be, until they are ready to perform the actual procedure, which is almost unique.
Utilising Alon Geri extensive skills in software programming in simulation situations as well as Dr. Selman’s years of experience in the operating theatre, Surgical Theater’s technology is capable of responding at an exceptionally high-level to the surgeon’s instruments and inputs and even test working with specific medical devices in order to gauge how they will be liable to interact with tissues in the brain during the real procedure.
Surgical Theater has also been programmed to allow for a remote connection through multiple platforms, so doctors from all over the world can tune into the simulated procedure, either to view it and in certain cases even take part in a collaboration, across a broad range of complicated brain procedures, from the complete removal of cancerous tumors as well as utilizing a potentially deadly aneurysm.
Dr. Selman has already used the power of Surgical Theater to simulate dozens of operations, whilst more than 300 neurosurgeons throughout the United States have, at one time or another, either viewed or practiced brain suddenly simulations since the procedure first began its development three years ago.
Hopefully over the coming years the many years spent improving simulation technology combined with cutting-edge medical experience will combine to dramatically increase the efficiency of brain surgery and other similar complicated medical procedures.