Call for Surgical Videos: Virtual Reality Comes to Operative Neurosurgery

NEUROSURGERY Publications is pleased to announce a collaboration with Surgical Theater that will greatly enhance Operative Neurosurgery's Advanced Media Educational Surgical Video library in 360-degree virtual reality (360° VR). As part of this collaboration, a select number of Surgical Videos submitted to the journal will be invited to be enhanced by Surgical Theater via the addition of a 360° VR fly-through video.

This collaboration is a part of NEUROSURGERY Publications' Advanced Media initiative, which seeks to enhance journal content by bringing novel technology to Neurosurgery, Operative Neurosurgery, and Neurosurgery Open.

Surgical Theater, a market leader in virtual and augmented reality-based healthcare services, combines cutting-edge fighter jet flight simulation technology with a patient's own anatomy scans. Rendered from comprehensive combined modalities of CT, MRI as well as advanced post processing images such as DTI and BOLD, the 360° VR fly-through is designed to allow surgeons to walk and fly-through a reconstruction of the patient's own anatomy and pathology. Surgeons literally walk in the space between the white matter tracks and the tumor, being fully immersed in the mental situational awareness of the margin's assessment. By simply turning their head from side to side, the surgeon can further explore the anatomy and plan the craniotomy, surgical path, trajectory, corridor and the entire surgical strategy.

This innovative, interactive technology provides patient engagement opportunities in the clinic, surgical planning capabilities, and intraoperative visualization & navigation during complex surgical procedures in the operating room. It also serves as a powerful tool for medical education and collaboration. Used in more than 10,000 surgeries to date, surgeons have reported they were able to see structures and anatomic relationships that were not easily detectable in two-dimensional or even three-dimensional tools. By bringing this technology to the pages of Operative Neurosurgery, readers will have the opportunity to experience the nuances of operative anatomical relationships and neurosurgical approaches on an entirely new level.

All Surgical Videos submitted to Operative Neurosurgery will be eligible for consideration, however those pertaining to operative anatomical relationships and innovative neurosurgical approaches, are of particular interest. Authors of Surgical Videos selected for this initiative will be informed in the first decision letter and complete details on how to proceed will be provided at that time, including contact information for Surgical Theater staff. For authors who would like to be considered for this initiative, we ask that a note be made in the cover letter of the initial submission. Referral for this initiative will be made by the Editor-in-Chief and the Surgical Video section of Operative Neurosurgery's Editorial Review Board. The ultimate decision to proceed will be completely optional and will have no effect on the peer review process or editorial decision.

Please note that in order to be eligible to have a Surgical Video enhanced with a 360° VR fly-through video, authors will be asked to supply the following to Surgical Theater:

DICOM Dataset Requirements

  • Volumetric
  • Thin cut (1.5 mm or below)
  • MRI, CT, Angiography
  • For DTI Surgical Theater can either accept the raw dataset and process it or they can take MRI scans with the DTI burnt onto it.

To learn more about Operative Neurosurgery and submitting to the journal please refer to the Instructions for Authors.

Questions should be directed to the Journal Editor for Operative Neurosurgery, Rachel J. Lowery at [email protected].

Video credits:

(1) Walter Jean, MD, The George Washington University Hospital / Surgical Theater
(2) Walter C Jean, MD, Mini-Pterional Craniotomy and Extradural Clinoidectomy for Clinoid Meningioma: Optimization of Exposure Using Augmented Reality Template: 2-Dimensional Operative Video