May 6, 2019 – Surgical Theater has announced it will debut its 360° Augmented Reality patient engagement solution this week at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) annual meeting in Toronto, Canada. The solution combines patient-specific models from Surgical Theater’s Precision VR platform with the Magic Leap One spatial computing headset.
“Magic Leap is thrilled to see our health ecosystem expand with solution providers like Surgical Theater who have already demonstrated great success in VR for patient engagement. They continue to push the boundaries of Magic Leap One’s capabilities and drive the adoption of the leading spatial computing platform into the hands of revolutionary physicians and enthusiastic patients,” said Jennifer Esposito, Vice President of Health at Magic Leap. “Our vision at Magic Leap is to enable this technology for a wide range of health applications, and we’re really looking forward to seeing the novel approaches our developer community is taking to increase patient engagement and satisfaction.”
Thanks to the solution, patients and their surgeons are now able to walk together inside the patient’s specific anatomy, which is augmented into the surrounding space. According to Surgical Theater, this shared 360˚ AR approach to Thoracic Surgery consultations creates an experiential environment, encouraging shared decision-making and collaboration with the patient and family members. Augmented Reality allows surgeons and all participants to maintain physical awareness and eye contact while walking through the 360˚ virtual model.
“The evolution of Surgical Theater’s Precision VR technology has provided our hospital partners with tremendous value in the ability for surgeons and patients to walk inside the 360˚ model,” said Moty Avisar, CEO and Co-founder of Surgical Theater. “It has been proven to achieve superior patient understanding, which has resulted in improved patient satisfaction and reductions in patient out-migration.”
Keith Mortman, MD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at George Washington University Hospital will be guiding attendees of the AATS annual meeting through an interactive 360˚ Virtual Reality demonstration for Thoracic Surgery with the use of Precision VR this week, with two experiential demonstrations being hosted on May 5th at 9:30am and at 3:30pm.
Image credit: Surgical Theater
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