HT Medical gets pact for surgery simulator

Maryland Watch

October 15, 1997

HT Medical Systems Inc., a Rockville-based developer of virtual-reality programs for medicine, said yesterday that it has reached an agreement to work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop a computer system that simulates medical operations for physician training.

Under the agreement, which the company said is valued at $3.6 million, NIST will provide scientific research assistance to HT Medical.

Privately held HT Medical said it will develop three-dimensional computer models of internal organs and other body parts.

The company will seek to incorporate a sense of touch into the simulator, offering physicians the feeling of real tissue.

HT Medical said the technology would help physicians maintain and improve skills, and help reduce the likelihood of errors during operations.

The company also said it has been awarded a $200,000 federal grant to develop a computer program to help managed health care organizations determine which types of care for specific ailments result in the best results for patients.

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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