Ohio-based company Surgical Theater has confirmed that it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to market its Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform (SNAP) for neurosurgical applications.
SNAP combines flight simulation technology with advanced CT/MRI imaging and can be used in brain surgeries. The system can be interconnected with operating room navigation devices in order to receive advanced visualization of tools and the anatomy of the brain. Surgeons can use SNAP to fly through the patient's virtually reconstructed 3D brain, thereby preparing a safe and effective approach when removing tumors and repairing vascular defects.
Surgeons can also see what is behind individual anatomical structures, such as vascular networks, by making them semi-transparent and the system can also be used to test out various execution scenarios before a real scalpel is used.