THE HISTORY OF PLATO’S CAVETM
Plato’s CAVETM was invented and developed under the professional guidance and leadership of E. Brian Butler, Chairman, Professor and Medical Director for the Department of Radiation Oncology within The Methodist Hospital System (TMH). In addition, Dr. Butler is a Senior Member of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute and serves as clinical professor for the Weill Medical School of Cornell University in New York City. Dr. Butler is an internationally renowned physician, researcher, and medical administrator recognized for his cutting edge advancements in medicine. He was the first in the world to implement a modern technology called “Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy” and the first in the world to introduce a large clinical trial with radiation and gene therapy. He has over 100 articles published in peer reviewed Journals, has written numerous medical book chapters and won the Houston Business Journal’s Innovation of the Year Award in 2010; other nominees were Denton Cooley, M.D. and Stephen Wong, Ph.D. Today, Dr. Butler is developing the concept of what he calls an interactive N-Dimensional Visual decision-making platform that implies that we can do things in any dimension in the future. For example, currently he is developing, clinically, many applications that fall into the 4-D and 5-D universe. But some also have the capability to be classified as 6th Dimensional. An example would be, blood flowing through a beating heart would be considered 5-D; however, sound and real time metabolic activity could be embedded and considered 6-D. In essence, Dr. Butler is attempting to incorporate everything into the image that is visual and which is part of the decision making process for the patient. The Methodist Hospital has been a leading hospital in the United States for nearly a century. For twenty years TMH has been recognized as one of the top medical institutions in the world, and more recently has been recognized by several news journals/organizations (Forbes and US News & World Report) as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” in 13 specialties and is ranked as the No. 1 hospital in Texas. TMH is one of the core hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world, with 7.1 million patient visits per year, 92,500 employees, 350,000 annual surgeries and a total annual budget of $14 Billion (U.S.). With its clinical excellence, cutting-edge research, compassionate care and world-class physicians, every year TMH and its physicians treat more than 7,200 international patients from more than 90 countries.
DEVELOPED BY SURGEONS
The clinical development will primarily involve interfaces that affect the visual decision making process that are common to both Neurosurgery and ENT. The surgeons that are heading-up this important work and their projects are:
- Gavin Britz M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery,The Methodist Hospital.
- David Baskin M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Peak Brain Cancer Center.
- Robert Grossman M.D., winner of the prestigious Harvey Cushing Medal for excellence in neurosurgery (the highest award given to a neurosurgeon), Professor of Neurosurgery, The Methodist Hospital, and former Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department at The Methodist Hospital.
- Their work will include:
- i) presurgical planning in patients with brain and brainstem tumors
- ii) vascular abnormalities utilizing Plato’s CAVETM quantitative tools
- iii) 3-Dimensional and stereoscopic visualization
- iv) post surgical questionnaires generated by Plato’s CAVETM. There will be metrics to evaluate ease of use and transfer of data from a Plato’s CAVETM environment to the operating room, conference room and the patient’s room.
- Donald Donovan M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine and previous Dean of Students, Baylor College of Medicine.
- Mas Takashima M.D., Assistant Professor and Director of the Residency Program, ENT Department, Baylor College of Medicine.
- Jose Zevallos M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology,
- Bobby Alford M.D., Former President and Dean, Baylor College of Medicine and Chair of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.
- Their clinical development work will include:
- i) presurgical planning for patients with sinus diseases, skull base tumors, and
- ii) vascular and plastic surgery procedures. They will use Plato’s CAVETM quantitative assessment tools, 3-Dimensional and stereoscopic visualization techniques, and post-surgical questionnaires generated by Plato’s CAVETM. There will be metrics used to evaluate ease of use and transfer of data from a Plato’s CAVETM environment to the operating room, conference room and the patient’s room. In the Physician Residency Program, educational modules utilizing Plato’s CAVETM technology will be employed to demonstrate difficult anatomy and medical procedures; while in the Physician’s Assistant Project and Nurse’s Program, emphasis will be placed on a patient’s ability to understand their own personalized disease process and up-coming surgery utilizing Plato’s CAVETM full color, 3-D images with a portable tablet device.
This interactive platform advances the performance, quality, functionality, and integration of image processing and 3-D, 4-D and 5-D visualization systems. As a corollary to this innovation, for a platform to be successful in the healthcare environment, the interfaces between the users, in this case, the physicians, and the data must be friendly, simple and intuitive. Plato’s CAVETM is, arguably, the only platform on the market to meet these high standards—conceived and developed by physicians for physicians and surgeons. Hence, there has been an overwhelming reception by subspecialty specialists such as neurosurgeons, heart/coronary surgeons and practitioners of other sub-specialties. This ultra-fast technology combined with its extremely high level of detail represents the next generation of computational and biomedical platforms that offers new opportunities for quantitative analysis and consultations, treatment planning, training and virtual simulations. In its full configuration, Plato’s CAVETM is an engine that provides the hospital/physician with a portal and fuel for the development of intellectual property, educational decision making, data analysis, data storage, data transfer and interaction. In today’s world, it is portable to the physician, operating room, classroom, and patient, via an Ipad or similar viewing device, work board or surgical cart and accessible 24/7 in most places in the world. We believe the reason we have been successful and universally applauded by physicians is that we have the best image/picture in the industry with the easiest interfaces to use for their specific specialty. We must have the best picture because we are going to fly into the picture or data cube like a GPS, make precise measurements, and determine which route for surgery or treatment is best for this particular patient. We need easy to use familiar interfaces or the surgeons will not use the product. If the image/picture is not life-like and accurate with its embedded data, physicians cannot make the correct choice for optimum patient care. Other advantages of the Plato’s CAVETM – Best Picture feature are:
- The clarity provided by the Plato’s CAVETM picture will allow physicians to easily notice subtle changes in the patient on a temporal basis and document it (For example, from 2011 versus 2013).
- Pattern recognition algorithms that Plato’s CAVETM uses to evaluate differences in the patient are dependent upon a “Best Picture” approach.
- The output from a 3-Dimensional printer is far superior.
- Patients understand their disease process much better.
- Patients gain confidence in their physician and their outcome.
- With all the tiny innuendoes embedded into the image/picture of one’s inner body, it acts as a personal fingerprint of the patient.
- In educational visual training programs, one can create real-life scenarios from the visual data and train all levels of health care providers on the decision making process.
- One can create interactive applications that are disease specific and level dependent, i.e. expert, surgeon, beginner and patient.
- In a battlefield scenario, it provides fast and correct triage when he or she arrives at the MASH unit.
ORGANIZATION AND OWNERSHIP
The Plato’s CAVETM technology and registered Trademark and is licensed by Facts & Figures LLC under a 20-year exclusive worldwide license from TMH. Facts & Figures LLC is a Texas registered LLC that was organized solely for the purpose of commercializing the Plato’s CAVETM technology, know-how and its registered trademarks. Facts & Figures LLC is essentially a holding company owning the 20-year, worldwide, exclusive license and will be the recipient of royalties, dividends, distributions, etc. from the operating company, MyView LLC, or other entities owned by Facts & Figures LLC. John Hoff is the President & CEO of Facts & Figures LLC and Porter & Hedges represents the LLC.