Surgical Theater pulls in $9m Series A for VR surgical platform

Surgical Theater said today it pulled in $9 million in a Series A round, jumping ship from the Facebook owned Oculus Rift VR platform to HTC Corporations’ Vive. HTC led the round of funding for Cleveland, Ohio-based Surgical Theater, joined by Shanghai Creation Investment Management. “This additional funding is a vote of confidence in Surgical Theater’s vision of enhancing the way surgeons interact and utilize medical imaging, now and in the future,” Surgical Theater CEO Moty Avisar said in a press release. Surgical Theater is developing a virtual reality-based image guidance system that will allow neurosurgeons to “virtually walk inside the patient’s anatomy” using virtual reality headsets that allow users to be completely immersed in the virtually-created patient body. The company said that the platform will allow operating physicians to perform virtual explorations to see inside the brain through craniotomy openings to explore the make-up and vital structure of the brain. “Surgical Theater’s Virtual Reality and Image Guidance also extends into the operating room, coupled with intra-operative navigation systems we are providing dynamic visualization capabilities in real time, allowing surgeons to perform a real-time ‘fly through’ of the surgical pathway, establish multiple views, rotate and interact with the navigation image. Additionally, the software suite allows HIPAA-compliant peer to peer consultation in...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Tags: Business/Financial News Software / IT Surgical Surgical Theater Source Type: news

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