Surgical Rehearsal Platform Makes Virtual Operations Possible (Interview):
Medicine is continuously learning from other fields, perhaps the best example being aviation. It is from aviation that we gained the benefits of checklists, integrated ICUs and ORs, and – most recently – simulators. The first computer-based flight simulators came out 50 years ago and only now are we getting up to speed in terms of developing systems that enable surgeons to rehearse operations in advance.
This past June Medgadget met up with the Surgical Theater team at The White House and discussed how they are turning this vision into a reality – or, rather, the other way around. Their flagship product, the Selman Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP), allows surgeons to “pre-live the future” by practicing procedures on their actual patients’ anatomies using pre-operative MRI and CT images. We heard from them recently because the SRP has reached a few milestones in the past six months, including its first purchase by University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center in Cleveland and submission for FDA approval.