Avatar Medical wins FDA clearance for VR surgical planning tech

[Image courtesy of Avatar Medical]Avatar Medical announced today that its virtual reality (VR) surgical planning technology received FDA 510(k) clearance.

Paris, France-based Avatar Medical designed its platform to help surgeons better prepare for procedures through VR representations of patients. Patient “avatars” generate instantly from CT scans or MRI for use with the VR platform. It features underlying technology developed by the company, which has a U.S. subsidiary in Mountain View, California.

The company designed its proprietary technology based on four years of research in human-data interaction and machine learning. Avatar Medical conducted this research at the Institut Pasteur and Institut Curie. The company said its platform serves as a valuable tool for pre-operative planning. It can also be displayed during surgical procedures.

Use of the platform in the U.S. to date spans more than 100 surgeons across 20 different hospitals and uni…

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