FDA Clears Surgical Theater’s Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform

The U.S. FDA has cleared Surgical Theater’s recently launched Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform (SNAP). The company tells us that SNAP integrates with operating room technology to provide advanced 3D capabilities and augmented reality, allowing surgeons to enhance their surgery performance and “see what can’t be seen.”


The SNAP is the second of the company’s line of products combining flight simulation technology with advanced CT/MRI imaging for use in brain surgery to receive FDA clearance. It enables surgeons to perform a real-life “fly through” of a “patient-specific” surgery and receive unique virtual-reality guidance to determine the safest and most efficient pathway to remove cerebral tumors and treat vascular anomalies.

With the SNAP, surgeons can execute their surgery plan while in the operating room utilizing a patient’s CT/MRI scans, allowing enhanced accuracy and efficiency. It provides the ability to rotate the image or make it semi-transparent in order to see behind arteries and other critical structures, something not possible until now, affording for accuracy to be sustained during complex procedures. Also, SNAP’s augmented reality and simulation capabilities allow surgeons to analyze virtual “what if” scenarios before making the actual incision. This precision enables surgeons to gain clinical insight that was previously unavailable.

Physician comments

“We have used the SNAP in the operating room in a handful of surgeries. The SNAP’s realistic 3D imaging is one-of-a-kind and has been introduced as an integrated OR device for the first time at our medical center,” said Warren R. Selman MD, Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, University Hospitals Case Medical Center. “It is just like watching a football game when multiple cameras are located around the arena and an editor can freeze the image, rotate, zoom in, zoom out and see things that he could not otherwise see. In my recent surgeries, I was able to pause the navigation scene during the surgery to rotate the image and to verify that I removed the entire tumor and to make sure that I was within a safe distance from a vital artery while removing the tumor. With the SNAP connected to the OR navigation platform, the OR team coordination is enhanced, and we are utilizing the best imaging technology tool to benefit our patients.”

Company comments

“We are extremely excited to expand our offerings beyond planning and rehearsing surgeries outside the OR,” said Moty Avisar, Surgical Theater CEO and Co-Founder. “The SNAP, our advanced imaging platform, allows us to connect to the operating room navigation system and become a part of the surgery as its performed, enabling a surgeon and OR team to achieve their goal of delivering the best care and outcome for the patient. We are witnessing strong anticipation from the medical community about this new technology, with multiple pre-orders for the SNAP already placed from hospitals across the country.”

Source: Surgical Theater, LLC., PR Newswire

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