New ‘flight simulator’ technology gives neurosurgeons peek inside brain before surgery

Much like pilots-in-training that practice with “flight simulators” before landing any actual planes — a new, FDA-approved technology has been developed to allow neurosurgeons to practice complex surgeries before they cut into their patients. They create a realistic, customizable 3D simulation from the patient’s CT and MRI images. This allows the neurosurgeons to not only prepare for a surgery, but to also explore and evaluate what surgical options are available for a patient.

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