Advanced Medical Visualization

The George Washington University Hospital now uses an advanced virtual reality tool for neurosurgery. Precision Virtual Reality™ by Surgical Theater allows surgeons to virtually explore a patient’s brain prior to performing a procedure. The technology was inspired by flight simulators designed to train fighter pilots.

The platform allows surgeons to:

  • Preview an upcoming surgical procedure much like a fighter pilot can pre-fly a mission
  • Increase situational awareness as they plan a procedure
  • Improve surgical efficiency
  • Potentially reduce complications and procedure time
  • Virtually walk patients and their families through their surgical plan, increasing patient engagement and understanding
  • Hone their skills in a dynamic, interactive environment
  • Collaborate with peers to study new techniques and review patient cases

The platform consists of several products, including the SuRgical Planner, the Precision VR Viewer, the Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform and the VR STudio.

SuRgical Planner

The SuRgical Planner creates patient-specific VR reconstructions using traditional imaging technologies, such as CT and MRI scans. This helps the surgeon plan the surgery, test different surgical techniques and educate patients about their condition.

Precision VR Viewer

The Precision VR Viewer brings the patient-specific VR reconstructions directly to the patient. This tool is used to help educate the patient about their medical condition and upcoming procedure.

Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform

The Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform enhances the surgeon's operating workflow by integrating with and enhancing the existing surgical navigation system.

VR STudio

The VR STudio is a collaborative environment powered by Precision VR. This platform allows dynamic patient-specific case review, presentations and education.

Patient Story: Danielle Collins

Danielle Collins was admitted to GW Hospital after being diagnosed with a rare brain condition. Neurosurgeons used virtual reality to help save her life. Watch the video to learn more: