Frequently asked questions:
What does CAVE stand for?
Computer Augmented Virtual Environment. It allows physicians to interact with patients’ radiographic images in 3D, 4D, 5D and 6D dimensions thus enabling physicians to have a clear vision of an affected area without any impediments i.e. skin, muscle, bones and organs.
Is Plato’s CAVETM FDA approved?
Yes. This FDA approved platform is a more accurate, interactive understanding of the medical situation developed by surgeons for surgeons. It creates a colored 3-D volumetric rendering of the patient using a combination of existing imaging data from Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Positron Emission Tests (PET) thus significantly aiding in the clinical data sets available to assist in achieving a diagnosis, surgical plan or education.
Why do the Plato’s CAVETM images appear so clear?
Plato’s CAVETM techniques require that radiologists transfer all your information to its center. Plato’s CaveTM post processing computer techniques are then instituted on each image.
Is it possible to store my images at a location where I can retrieve them over the Internet so that I can show them to a doctor anywhere in the world?
Yes the Plato’s CAVETM platform was built so that images could be stored and retrieved seamlessly. You will receive a special identification code that will allow you to view your images from anywhere in the world.
Is it possible to view my images on my I Pad, phone, tablet device or computer?
Yes you can view your images on almost any mobile device.
Is the transfer and storage of my images secure?
Yes. The transfer, storage, and evaluation of Plato’s CAVETM images are HIPPA compliant. Our requirements are the same as any medical record.
If I have images done this year will I be able to compare these images to images that I have done in the year 2016?
Yes, and this is important because sometimes the easiest way to detect new problem areas is to be able to see changes in the images that were taken during an earlier time period.
When you say Quantitative imaging what do you mean?
These measurements are yardsticks that we use to determine if the physician is being successful. The physician looks for changes in your body. These changes can’t just be “Oh the artery looks narrower. We want to be able to make measurements that are less than a millimeter,” for example. In this example, the word quantitative means we are taking measurements.
If you are a cancer patient, for instance, and the problem area is in the lung, the blood flow to the tumor is measured. It can then be determined if the volume of the tumor has diminished by an absolute volume, and a defined percent. Too often radiology reports say “minimum decrease, minimum increase, or no change.” This does not give the patient, or the treating physician, much confidence.
What does it mean when you say that the Plato’s CAVETM platform is interactive?
Plato’s CAVETM has taken the best of video interaction and applied it to its platform. You routinely move information around on your computer with a mouse. Plato’s CAVETM has incorporated this and other interactive tools common to the gaming industry within its platform. These tools include voice commands and hand gestures. And, we are working on eye tracking. This interactive capability is important as images are being transferred to various locations such as operating rooms, the lecture halls, and even a patient’s room. It is critically important your surgeon be able to interact with your images to assure the greatest outcome. Our interactive platform allows that to happen.
Why is Plato’s CAVETM platform better than other platforms?
Most computer platforms are created by computer software engineers. While they are effective, they do not take the same approach to problem solving as the physician. Think of a common program like Microsoft WORD. There are hundreds of possible commands for the program, but you probably use less than 10. The Plato’s CAVETM platform was created by physicians for physicians and their patients. The role of the patient’s input into the development of the platform was, and remains, enormous. But, we have taken into account that a neurosurgeon cannot use the same interface as the heart surgeon. Each physician’s subspecialty requires different highly selective interfaces, which Plato’s CAVETM will be able to accommodate.
Are surgeons using the system today?
Yes, surgical planning is being done at the Houston Methodist Hospital. Complex cases are being sent from around the world to Plato’s CAVETM.
Is Plato’s CAVETM involved in education?
Education is one of the primary missions of the company. The founders of Plato’s CAVETM feel very strongly that it will have a global impact on the education of new physicians, as well as health care providers.
What do you mean by N-dimensional ?
N refers to a number (2,3,4,5, etc.). The radiologist typically looks at images only in two dimensions. If you think of your body as a loaf of bread and an imaging machine is viewing different slices through the bread that correspond to different parts of your body, this is what is called a 2 dimensional axial view. Viewing the human body in 2D, 3D, 4D, etc. gives the doctor a much better understanding of the disease process via a more complete view. These additional views now allow a patient to have much more complete informed picture of an affected area. By better understanding a patient is able to ask the doctor more informed questions about their individual situation.
Where was this technology developed?
Plato’s CAVETM was developed at the Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston Texas, a hospital that has a long standing history of innovation in health care. The initial Plato’s CAVETM was developed in an old building that was initially used by the famous cardiovascular surgeon Michael DeBakey M.D. Since that time it has moved to a new facility about three quarters of a mile from the main Houston Methodist Hospital. This is in the same facility where most of the early innovation occurred.
Is Plato’s CAVETM working with entities outside the United States?
Yes, Plato’s CAVETM has established relationships with locations in the Middle East and Central America.