CNS Partners with Surgical Theater for Unprecedented 360° Virtual Reality Quest for Guinness Book World Record for Largest Gathering

The CNS and Surgical Theater bring innovative technology experiences to the forefront of the 2017 CNS Annual Meeting in Boston

Schaumburg, Ill, October 5, 2017 — The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) announces a groundbreaking partnership with industry-leading virtual reality (VR) provider Surgical Theater to demonstrate the future of VR in neurosurgery through a large-scale, immersive VR experience at the 2017 CNS Annual Meeting, October 7–11, in Boston, Massachusetts. This unique VR presentation will include an attempt to break a Guinness Book world record for the most simultaneous participants in a live VR experience. In addition, the CNS Xperience Lounge, powered by Surgical Theater, will offer attendees hands-on interaction with Precision Virtual Reality, Surgical Theater’s enterprise-wide VR visualization platform.

This breakthrough VR technology will be stunningly featured during the General Scientific Session on Monday, October 9, at 10:45 am, in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC). Faculty experts will walk session attendees through two case presentations in virtual reality as the audience watches on large screens. Then, thousands of audience members will snap provided VR viewers onto their mobile device  and follow along with Dr. Neil Martin (through a mobile app previously downloaded onto their mobile phone) as he walks through a multimodal case in authentic 360-degree virtual reality.   

Precision VR combines leading-edge fighter jet flight simulation technology with a patient’s own specific anatomy scans to create a 3D, 360-degree room-scale virtual reality reconstruction of their brain’s anatomy and pathology. This innovative technology allows neurosurgeons—and patients—to “walk” through a patient’s brain to get a better look at tumors, nerves, blood vessels, and tissue prior to surgery. The accurate, 360-degree representation assists neurosurgeons in better analyzing and planning complex surgeries, and engaging meaningfully with their patients. The CNS is thrilled to bring this innovation to thousands of attendees of the Annual Meeting, widely considered the premier event in neurosurgical technology, education, and networking.

“Bringing a virtual reality experience to the Annual Meeting is an incredible opportunity for neurosurgeons,” said Dr. Nicholas Bambakidis, CNS education committee chair. “The General Scientific Sessions offer best-in-class research and technology to Annual Meeting attendees, which is why we’re thrilled to be partnering with Surgical Theater. Our members will have the chance to try this cutting-edge technology and interact with product experts to truly get a sense of how this platform will improve patient outcomes.”

This partnership extends throughout the meeting including the new CNS Xperience Lounge, powered by Surgical Theater, where attendees can get hands-on with the same VR technology featured at the General Scientific Session. This exciting space is located in the BCEC Exhibit Hall, and will be open Monday through Wednesday during Exhibit Hall hours.

This partnership bolsters a robust scientific program at the 2017 CNS Annual Meeting, which includes in-depth Practical Courses, Symposia, Guidelines Sessions, Luncheon and Dinner Seminars, new case-based discussion sessions, awards for the best papers published in NEUROSURGERY® Publications, plus access to the latest in medical technology in a large Exhibit Hall.

The ST360VR App can be downloaded for free from either the Google Play or Apple App Store. Type “Surgical Theater” in the search function, then download the app and the cases. The app must be downloaded PRIOR to the event.

For more information about the 2017 CNS Annual Meeting, and to register to attend, visit cns.org/2017.

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