We've seen how flight simulators can help pilots train. Now the same approach is being adapted for the operating room. It's something that could benefit surgeons and patients.
Former Israeli air force officers worked with neurosurgeons to apply flight simulator technology to surgery, creating a sophisticated medical advancement.
Surgical rehearsal platform transforms a patient's medical image into a life-like and interactive three dimensional model, so tissues move, blood vessels break just as they would in a human body.
"The surgeon does something the system acts and the surgeon must react," said Alon Geri, surgical theater. "And this is the very first time you're really able to take the very thing that you're going to do tomorrow, rehearse it today and then be better able to deal with it when you actually do it on a live patient."
The goal is simple: saving lives and having better patient outcomes.
"We want to allow the surgeon to pre-live the future of his patient, to be able to predict and improve the outcome before he enters the OR," said Moty Avisar, surgical theater.
That's because technology allows the surgeon to try out different scenarios to find out which approach might work best for the patient as well as practice fixing anything that might go wrong.
This is more than just experimental. The technology also has FDA clearance.