The Mount Sinai Hospital to Showcase Surgical Theater Technology at Aspen Ideas Festival Innovative technology integrates flight simulation technology with brain surgery; allows surgeons to see what couldn't be seen

CLEVELAND, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Surgical Theater's advanced 3-D imaging technology will be showcased by The Mount Sinai Hospital at the Aspen Ideas Festival, June 24-July 3 in Aspen, Colorado. The Festival, a gathering of the most innovative, forward thinking minds, provides the opportunity for attendees to experience first-hand groundbreaking technologies like Surgical Theater's products. 

Mount Sinai, a world-renowned hospital for neurosurgery located in New York City, selected Surgical Theater's suite of products to demonstrate at the Festival because of the distinctive, cutting-edge role it plays in the next frontier of neurosurgery.

Surgical Theater applies flight simulation technology to brain surgery and has developed software-based solutions that combine the science of aviation with advanced CT/MRI imaging technology. The company's line of products, The Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP) and the Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform (SNAP, pending FDA clearance) are based on 3D imaging technology and augmented reality that allows a surgeon to perform a real-life "fly through" of a "patient-specific" surgery. The SRP allows for pre-living surgeries while preparing cases and rehearsing outside the operating room.  The SNAP will be utilized to take the pre-planned pathway into the operating room to be used during a procedure. The unique software utilizes flight simulator technology to permit the remote connection of multiple platforms; participants anywhere in the world can simultaneously work together and practice the same case with real-time feedback and collaboration.

"Mount Sinai has always been known as a leader and an innovator in new technologies, in integrating clinical research with advanced technology to deliver the best care to our patients," said Dr. Joshua B. Bederson, Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery at The Mount Sinai Health System*. "In the recent years, the Neurosurgery Department at Mount Sinai has led several significant initiatives to become a leader in image guided surgery and neurosurgery simulation. Consequently, Mount Sinai has achieved international recognition and was invited to share its research and work in the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies 15th European Congress of Neurosurgery in Prague, October 12th-17th.  At the Aspen Ideas Festival we will present one of our most exciting developments in image guided surgery along with Surgical Theater who is one of our industrial partners in this arena.  Surgical Theater's augmented reality features allow for accuracy to be maintained throughout the procedure and for simulation of all phases of complex surgeries."

"In 2014 Surgical Theater's presence has expanded nationally, we are now offering our platforms and technology coast to cost.  Our collaboration with large medical device companies allows us to install our technology in every operating room in the country," said Moty Avisar, Surgical Theater CEO and Co-Founder. "Working with leading institutions such as Mount Sinai enables us to continue and enhance our technology based on the surgeons' feedback.  Partnering with Mount Sinai to present at the Aspen Ideas Festival is part of our goal to increase the public's awareness of our technology through thought leaders like those visiting Aspen Ideas Festival.  We are very proud to partner with Mount Sinai to exhibit at this event and we are bringing our latest technology to showcase."

Since the SRP obtained FDA clearance in February 2013, Surgical Theater has installed SRPs in leading research and teaching hospitals across the United States. Hospitals include: The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mayo Clinic, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, and others. The company estimates that to-date, the SRP has been utilized in preparing for more than 500 surgeries.

Surgeons are reporting that the images, as well as the dynamic and interactive modeling of the patients' cerebral tumor and vascular cases, provided by the SRP, are unique in their precision. This precision is enabling surgeons to gain clinical insight that was previously unavailable and which now allows them to perform enhanced planning and navigation of complex cases. Surgical Theater was featured in Forbes and on CNN as a breakthrough technology in surgery, and also recently featured on FOX News and Extra.

About Surgical Theater, LLC
Surgical Theater, LLC is a privately held, Cleveland, Ohio-based startup that produces virtual realistic and interactive scenes where surgeons are able to plan, rehearse and tele-mentor their specific missions. The Company provides the opportunity for novice and experienced surgeons to "pre-live the future" by rehearsing their procedure prior to the actual procedure, similar to what pilots do prior to flying complex missions. Such purposeful practice or warm-up has been shown to benefit both novice and experienced surgeons; it may provide an important new tool in the surgeon's tools to improve patient safety and outcomes. For more information visit www.surgicaltheater.net.

*"Dr. Joshua B. Bederson (Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai Health System) owns equity in Surgical Theater, LLC, creator of the Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP)."

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