Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Adopts TrueVision® 3D Surgical Visualization Platform

The Department of Neurological Surgery Leads the Way as First in Illinois with State of the Art 3D Dedicated Operating Room

Santa Barbara (July 12, 2010) — Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is the first academic medical center in the state of Illinois to adopt TrueVision® 3D Surgical Visualization as a standard for 3D education in the operating room for its esteemed neurological training program. TrueVision® is a real-time, stereoscopic, 3D high definition visualization system for microsurgery.

H. Hunt Batjer, MD, Michael J. Marchese Professor and Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital led the initiative to equip the primary operating suite with the state-of-the-art 3D surgical visualization for day-to-day surgery and teaching. The system is also used to record 3D surgical video for educational purposes and presenting on-demand and streaming 3D surgical video content.

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 in 3D on flat panel displays what traditionally only one or two surgeons could observe through the microscope. TrueVision® is ideal for training and education. It is used for streaming video and live procedure broadcasting, proctoring, and surgical education in 3D. The 3D video playback enables viewers to see surgery as if they were performing the surgery themselves through the microscope.

"The time we have in the operating room with the residents is limited and TrueVision 3D enables us to make the most of the teaching moments with more surgeons. In addition, the flat screen display in 3D HD allows all the O.R. personnel to be truly intimate with the specific procedure being performed. In traditional 2D monitoring systems, observers have a limited perspective of vascular and oncologic anatomy in deep, confining exposures. The TrueVision system eliminates this problem. The benefits of viewing recorded procedures in 3D HD on a big screen gives us the tools to create a growing library of on-demand surgical video which is vital for teaching. I use video for medical education and at the various medical conferences." states H. Hunt Batjer, MD, FACS, Michael J. Marchese Professor and Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "We are one of the first programs in the nation to adopt TrueVision and surgical education in 3D."

"We used TrueVision in a case that lasted 21 hours and was a large part of the case's success. TrueVision gets the entire staff involved and committed because they [the operating team/staff] now see in 3D on a display of what the surgeon is attempting to accomplish." says Bernard Bendok, MD, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiology at Northwestern.

"The 3D HD medium has been shown to increase test scores 35 percent for human anatomy over learning in 2D, according to the latest studies by Texas Instruments. With the advent of very high quality 3D HD instruments available there are many advantages that TrueVision brings to the table," states Forrest Fleming, CEO of the Santa Barbara-based TrueVision 3D Surgical. "The Feinberg School of Medicine's Neurological Surgery and Radiology Department at Northwestern has taken a leadership role toward making superior 3D HD imagery a necessity for the medical community and for residency and teaching programs."

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine/Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern's Neurological Surgery ranks among the nation's leading centers of neurosurgical patient care, teaching, and research. The most modern techniques and equipment together with a "patients first" outlook combine to achieve the finest quality of care for patients with all aspects of neurosurgical illness. Unprecedented expansion in research and clinical facilities, coupled with an illustrious historical tradition of neurosurgery, keep the institution in the forefront of the field of neurosurgery.

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 3D guidance applications for microsurgery that is expected to generate greater patient satisfaction.

Robert Reali
TrueVision 3D Surgical