Surgical Theater Joins Forces with NordicNeuroLab
Surgical Theater reported it has partnered with NordicNeuroLab to offer the Norway-based company's nordicBrainEx diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) processing application as part of Surgical Theater's Precision VR enterprise-wide medical visualization platform.
According to a media release, the addition of NordicNeuroLab technology will allow Surgical Theater to further expand the detail and immersion into relevant anatomy, functional structures and delicate tissues needed in planning and navigating surgery.
"Partnering with NordicNeuroLab was a natural next step for Surgical Theater," said Moty Avisar, CEO and Co-Founder of Surgical Theater. "Our Precision VR platform and nordicBrainEx complement each other while bringing vital imaging capabilities and valuable datapoints immediately to neurosurgeons in the clinic and operating room. This immersive view has become essential for surgical planning and navigation as well as a powerful tool for patient engagement."
Instead of the neurosurgeon pointing out the tumor or vascular abnormality on a flat, black-and-white 2D image used in most medical facilities, the Precision VR empowered surgeon and patient can swipe their fingers across a touch screen or slip on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive VR headset, then walk or fly through the patient-specific reconstruction during a surgical consult. With the incorporation of the nordicBrainEx application, Surgical Theater also will be able to process DTI and MRI perfusion scans allowing Precision VR clinicians to perform additional evaluations of healthy brain structures, eloquent areas, and the targeted pathological tissues all on one system.
"Transitioning from a 2D image on a flat screen to the 360 degree, immersive Precision VR perspective is groundbreaking for surgeons," said Robert Louis, M.D., neurosurgeon and Director of the Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program at Hoag Neurosciences Institute. "This powerful technology is changing how we prepare our patients and perform surgery by being able to 'fly-through' the actual surgical plan before making the incision. Seamlessly integrating nordicBrainEx's DTI capabilities further enhances the visualization of critical anatomy and augments decision processes which can have a dramatic effect on increasing patient safety and improving overall outcomes."
Much like Surgical Theater's platform of products, nordicBrainEx is compatible and capable of analyzing data from all major MRI vendors. The processed data and imaging can be incorporated into patient-specific VR reconstructions and saved into reports that can be shared with patients, exported to existing neuro-navigation systems and utilized for rehearsal purposes or in collaborative and peer review environments.
"Like X-rays, CAT scans and MRI, DTI is quickly becoming an essential aspect in surgical planning," said Fredrik Isdal, NordicNeuroLab's Chief Executive Officer. "NordicBrainEx is designed to equip surgeons with seamless and immediate illustrations of functional tracts within the brain while minimizing the probability of error or variability in the quality of the results. With Surgical Theater, we found an ally in delivering integrated imaging solutions that were once out of reach to all but major research institutions."
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Tea Forté Introduces ‘Matcha’ Collection
Convenience meets tradition in Tea Forté’s new Ceremonial Matcha Bowl Set and the Matcha Single Steeps.
The company said its spring harvested, shade grown, stone ground, organic matcha tea is best served in a centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony called chanoyu: a preparation technique known for its centering meditative qualities.
"The launch of Tea Forté's Matcha collection represents our continued commitment to wellness and cultivating all the potential mental and physical health benefits of tea," says Tea Forté CEO Michael Gebrael. "In addition to our high quality Pure Matcha, we've also blended four distinct flavored Matcha varieties. Prepackaged in pouches measured out for a single serving, our Single Steeps Matcha is ideal for the office, travel, or to keep with you for a boost anytime."
Tea Forté noted its handcrafted ceremonial tea bowl, handmade bamboo whisk and measuring ladle “encourages serene enjoyment of our premium Kosher, gluten-free and vegan matcha blends.” These include: Pure Matcha, Chocolate Matcha, Coconut Matcha, Ginger Matcha, and Chai Matcha.
According to a release, in addition to its distinctive taste, matcha is prized for its health benefits. Steeped green tea contains only the antioxidants that can be extracted in water, while with matcha, the whole leaf is consumed.
Available now in select stores and online at teaforte.com.
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