CLEVELAND -- Neurosurgeons at University Hospitals Case Medical Center are working with ex-Israeli Air Force officers on a surgical simulator using the same technology as flight simulators to allow realistic, interactive run-throughs of brain surgeries prior to actual procedures.

The surgical simulator, called Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP) and developed by the Cleveland-based company Surgical Theater LLC, uploads and transforms medical images, such as CT and MRI scans of patients, into life-like, dynamic and interactive 3D models.

SRP lets surgeons view and interact with brain images of their patients to plan and rehearse surgeries with an accurate replica of what they would see and use during an actual procedure.

Using the same tools that they would use in surgery, the surgeons can see in three dimensions that same scene of blood vessels and brain tissue that they would see in the operating room. And, the virtually operated tissues react realistically to actions taken by the surgeon, thereby allowing the surgeon to make critical decisions in a 'risk free' environment before entering the operation room.

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