TrueVision® 3D Surgical Visualization and Telemedicine Platform Adopted by St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center Arkansas Neuroscience Institute (ANI)

First medical center to standardize streaming live neurosurgery in 3D

Santa Barbara (April 30) — TrueVision 3D Surgical today announced that its 3D visualization platform for the operating room has been adopted by the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute (ANI) at St. Vincent Health System. TrueVision® is a real-time 3D HD visualization system for microsurgery. In addition, TrueVision is used for streaming video, broadcasting live procedures, proctoring, and surgical education in 3D.

The St. Vincent neurosurgery department equipped their operating suites with TrueVision visualization for day-to-day surgery and implemented advanced technology to stream live video of the surgical field of view in 3D over the network to a TrueVision 3D-enabled conference room across campus for the education of medical students, residents, fellows, and doctors. The specialized 3D room also is used for presenting on-demand 3D surgical video content.

The 3D Center of Excellence made its debut during the "Durability and Efficiency in Microneurosurgery Conference" held in March 2010 with live 3D video as the cornerstone of the curriculum for surgeons from around the world.

TrueVision enables surgeons to perform and record surgery in 3D via a heads-up 1080p display instead of looking through the microscope. Surgeons, residents, and the operating room staff can view what traditionally only one or two surgeons could observe through the microscope. It is ideal for training and education. The 3D video playback enables viewers to see surgery as if they were performing the surgery themselves through the microscope enhancing the educational experience to three dimensions. Ali F. Krisht MD, Director of Arkansas Neuroscience Institute at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center stated, "We continuously stream live 3D video from the operating room to our conference room across the campus. This enables course participants and staff to view surgical procedures in high quality 3D that matches exactly what I see through the microscope. There is no doubt the value of 3D video is a significant educational advantage over 2D and we are proud to be the first neurosurgery standardize on live streaming 3D video. "

"According to the latest studies by Texas Instruments, the 3D medium has been shown to increase test scores over 2D for human anatomy education by 35%. With the advent of very high quality 3D video available there are many advantages that TrueVision brings to the table," says Forrest Fleming, CEO of Santa Barbara-based TrueVision 3D Surgical. "The Arkansas Neuroscience Institute program has taken a leadership role toward making very high-quality 3D imagery the standard for the medical community and for residency and teaching programs."

Arkansas Neuroscience Institute
The Arkansas Neuroscience Institute, located at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, is a comprehensive program that incorporates all aspects of neurosurgery and the entire spectrum of neurological disorders: skull-base surgery, vascular neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, spine and spinal cord surgery, epilepsy surgery, and surgery for movement disorders. St. Vincent Health System, founded in 1888, is one of Arkansas' leading health systems. It comprises three hospitals, a network of primary care clinics, a home health agency and numerous other ventures and entities. St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center located in Little Rock is an acute care facility licensed for 619 beds, and serves as the hub of the health system. St. Vincent Health System, with more than 2,500 employees and affiliations with more than 650 physicians, is sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives. Catholic Health Initiatives is a national not-for-profit health care system.

About TrueVision 3D Surgical
TrueVision 3D Surgical is the leader in digital 3D visualization for microsurgery. TrueVision has developed and patented an intelligent, real-time 3D surgical visualization platform. The company is developing a suite of specific 3D surgical guidance applications for microsurgery that is expected to positively impact patient outcomes.
Robert Reali
TrueVision 3D Surgical