Robert Owens, MD, First Otolaryngologist in US to Go 3D Hi-Def

Methodist Hospital for Surgery is First in Texas with Digital 3D Microsurgery and Teaching System

Dallas, Texas (January 12, 2011) - Robert Owens, MD, a medical staff member at Methodist Hospital for Surgery in Dallas and Santa Barbara based TrueVision® 3D Surgical medical device company jointly announced today that the Methodist Hospital for Surgery is the first institution in Texas to adopt the TrueVision® 3D Visualization System as an advanced, new technology for microsurgery. It is the first institution in the United States to use TrueVision® in otolaryngological (ear, nose, and throat) procedures.

Launched in 2008, the TrueVision® 3D Visualization System is a stereoscopic 3D high-definition visualization system that displays the surgical field of view in real-time on a 3D flat-panel display in the operating room. This allows the surgeon to operate in a “heads up" manner by looking at a large screen rather than through the traditional microscope oculars, providing better ergonomics and a more immersive visualization experience for the surgeon.

Robert (Bob) Owens, MD, led the initiative to equip an operating room at Methodist Hospital with the state-of-the-art TrueVision® 3D Visualization System used in day-to-day surgery. The system is also used to record 3D surgical video for educational purposes and presenting on-demand and streaming 3D surgical video content at medical meetings.

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As a noted Otologist; a specialist in the management of complex ear disorders, Dr. Owens performs over 700 ear surgeries annually and in his career has tended to thousands of patients with complex ear conditions. He also is a leading provider of surgical training to other doctors and lectures internationally on his area of expertise.

For the first time ever, a comprehensive teaching program by Dr. Owens was presented in TrueVision® 3D at last year’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology in Boston, September 26-29, 2010. In addition, 3D live surgery and 3D streaming video made its debut in October at the comprehensive Temporal Bone Dissection and Otologic Seminar in Dallas, chaired by Dr Owens.

“I use TrueVision® to demonstrate middle ear surgery with great success; all feedback from the course attendees applauded the 3D video. It was a huge overwhelming success and, moving forward, more 3D video will be integrated into the lectures," said Dr. Owens. "At my Dallas temporal bone course, the system was used to teach and demonstrate techniques in the seminar and lab. All students, and the otologist guest lecturers, were completely blown away by the system. The 3D system from TrueVision is creating a huge buzz in the otology community."

About the Methodist Hospital for Surgery
A joint venture involving area physicians, Methodist Health Systems, and Nueterra Healthcare, Methodist Hospital for Surgery focuses on treating patients who need highly specialized spine, joint, and orthopedic surgery, as well as head neck, and sinus surgery. Highlights of the 105,000 square-foot Methodist Hospital for Surgery include seven operating rooms, 32 private patient rooms, 10 outpatient treatment rooms, comprehensive diagnostic imaging, and physical therapy and rehabilitation. Visit for more information.

About TrueVision® 3D Surgical
TrueVision® 3D Surgical is the leader in digital 3D visualization and guidance for microsurgery.  Based in Santa Barbara, California, TrueVision® has developed and patented an intelligent, real-time, 3D surgical visualization and computer-aided guidance platform. The company is focused on developing a suite of 3D guidance applications for microsurgery to improve surgical efficiencies and patient outcomes.  The first application is the TrueVision® Refractive Cataract Toolset™. Visit for more information.

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TrueVision 3D Surgical
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