New “Flight Simulator” Technology Allows Neurosurgeons to Rehearse Surgery Before Making an Incision
NYU Langone Medical Center is now using an open platform augmented reality technology called Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP) that serves as a way for neurosurgeons to practice complex surgeries before they even make an incision. From NYU.edu:
The new simulator, called the Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP), creates an individualized walkthrough for neurosurgeons based on 3D imaging taken from the patient’s CT and MRI scans. Surgeons then plan and rehearse the surgeries using the unique software, which combines life-like tissue reaction with accurate modeling of surgical tools and clamps, to enable them to navigate multiple-angled models of a patient’s brain and vasculature.
The SRP was developed by Surgical Theater of Cleveland, Ohio. This augmented reality technology may help improve safety and efficiency during surgeries for conditions including pituitary tumors, skull base tumors, intrinsic brain tumors, aneurysms, and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), and could potentially allow surgeons from around the world to simultaneously collaborate on a patient’s case in real-time.
“We are excited to partner with Surgical Theater to bring their Surgery Rehearsal Platform to our institution,” said John G. Golfinos, MD, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at NYU Langone Medical Center and associate professor of neurosurgery at NYU School of Medicine. “The reaction of tissue in these 3D images is incredibly life-like and modeling of surgical tools is equally impressive. The SRP also will enhance the training of medical students, residents and fellows and help them hone their skills in new and more meaningful ways.”
When using the SRP, surgeons can rehearse a specific patient’s case on computer monitors connected to controllers that simulate surgical tools. For example, when rehearsing a surgery for an aneurysm, the SRP reacts realistically when the surgeon virtually applies a clip to the blood vessel. The surgeon then can assess the tissue’s mechanical properties and view realistic microscopic characteristics including shadowing and texture to plan approaches, so that when the real surgery is being performed, doctors have rehearsed and already have a mental picture of what is being seen in the OR.
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.