CE Webinar:

Extended Reality in Brain Surgery:
Addressing Current Problems with
Innovative XR Technologies

Presented by: Robert G. Louis MD, FAANS
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This CE webinar will present current problems with traditional imaging during neurosurgical interventions and describe how advanced medical visualization, particularly in the Mixed Reality (XR) simulation space, can solve them.
  • Recorded: January 13th, 2021
  • Access: 24/7 with Subscription
  • Certificate: 1 Contact Hour of RN CE
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  • Method: Lecture with Slides
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Level: Intermediate

Presentation Abstract:

The importance of medical imaging cannot be understated. It plays an important role not only as a diagnostic tool but also a therapeutic and interventional aid. Advances in imaging and medical visualization systems, particularly in the Extended Reality (XR, includes Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality) space, have also revolutionized physician-patient communication as well as medical education and resident training. If selected, Dr. Louis would present current problems with traditional imaging systems and describe how advanced medical visualization systems can solve them. 


  1. Traditional systems force surgeons to visualize images through radiologist’s point-of-view.
  2. With traditional systems, it is not possible to simulate an operation on a specific patient prior to surgery.
  3. Patients do not understand traditional 2D DICOM images.
  4. Residents have fewer opportunities for hands-on training. Surgical training involves a combination of "live" practice on actual patients and cadaver-based dissection workshops. With increasing oversight and restriction of hours, surgical residents are graduating with less hands-on experience. This translates to higher risk for new surgeons entering practice. While skills can be supplemented with cadaver-based courses, this option has several limitations.
  5. Traditional surgical navigation requires the surgeon to divert their attention from the operative field. 

Advanced medical visualization systems allow surgeons to:

  • View images from the surgeon’s perspective and create a plan.
  • Simulate/rehearse plan and make necessary updates/corrections prior to surgery.
  • Teach residents 3D anatomy and surgical spatial awareness.
  • Explain surgical plan to patients in a more understandable format.
  • Decrease medicolegal risk through more thorough informed consent process.
  • Improve patient retention and loyalty, resulting in program growth.
  • Enhance intraoperative visualization of anatomy and pathology while allowing surgeon to maintain attention without interrupting workflow.

The end result is that both surgeons and patients are better prepared to ensure the operation is performed safely with ultimately improved outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To illustrate how XR can be used across the surgical treatment continuum from patient education, surgical planning , and intraoperative visualization.
  2. To demonstrate the proven value proposition of Extended Reality in helping deliver better patient care and improved healthcare training.
  3. To discuss current problems with traditional imaging systems and how Extended Reality can solve them.

Meet the Presenter:

Robert G. Louis MD, FAANS

Chief of Neurosurgery, Director of the Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program &
Director of Extended Reality (XR) Development at the
Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Robert Louis is the Chief of Neurosurgery, Director of the Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program, and Director of Extended Reality (XR) Development at Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag Memorial Hospital. He also serves as Managing Partner of Neuroscience Management Associates LLC, Principal at Brain Spine MD Consulting LLC, and Diplomate at American Board of Neurological Surgery. He was also appointed Empower360 Endowed Chair for Skull Base and Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery. 
Dr. Louis has expertise in endoscopic and minimally invasive treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, sellar and parasellar tumors and skull base tumors. Through the use of cutting-edge neuroimaging and neuro-navigational equipment, he utilizes the concept of keyhole neurosurgery, minimizing the damage to surrounding brain, vascular and soft tissue structures.
Dr. Louis has been at the forefront of the development and implementation of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) guidance for neurosurgery and other medical applications. As Director of PFNI’s Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program, he spearheaded the deployment of VR and AR across the patient treatment continuum from patient consultation through surgical planning to intraoperative 3D guidance in 2015, which has yielded both clinical and economic value.
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Dr. Louis has advisory/consultant roles with the following companies.

Surgical Theater 
  • Consultant, speaker for product development
  • Financial Interest 
  • Hold phantom shares 
  • Receive consulting fees
  • Receive royalties from products where IP has been contributed

  • Consultant, scientific advisory board
  • Financial Interest
  • Hold advisory shares

XR Health
  • Shareholder – purchased
  • Previously served on scientific advisory board – no longer active.
  • Hold options 

  • Previously served on scientific advisory board
  • Hold shares of common stock

  • Consultant, speaker for product development, advisory board
  • Receive hourly consulting fees

  • Consultant
  • Hold options 

Cleanbox Technologies
  • Scientific Advisory Board
  • Hold advisory shares 

Magic Leap
  • Consultant for product testing

  • Consultant for product testing

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