Help Lightning

Remote expertise through the power of merged reality

Access to this ground-breaking technology is included at no cost with an InterSurgeon clinician membership. Help Lightning allows experienced surgeons to guide and interactively assist others during operations in real-time, anywhere in the world.

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What are the benefits of Help Lightning for surgeons?

In light of the pandemic, and for the foreseeable future, the conventional ways of establishing collaborative partnerships through physical visits are not going to be possible. However, because Help Lightning allows surgeons to collaborate remotely, partnerships can still develop – and more easily than ever before. Help Lightning can be used as a tool for education, mentorship and instruction – as well as for intraoperative case management. It allows both surgical planning and real-time intraoperative advice.

How does it work?

Watch this video to learn how Help Lightning works. This shows use cases in other industries – it’s every bit as useful with surgical applications and can also be used hands-free. All you need to use Help Lightning is your smartphone and an internet connection, though it can also be used with tablets, desktop computers and smart surgical glasses.

Download a beginner’s guide to Help Lightning here: Help Lightning Basic Training

Virtual help in real-time

Help Lightning uses Merged Reality to blend two real-time video streams – e.g. that of a remote surgical expert and another surgeon that needs help – into a collaborative environment. This Merged Reality allows the expert to virtually reach out and direct real surgical procedures or training.

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Use your existing devices

Help Lightning runs on your existing mobile devices (iOS, Android) or a web-browser on laptop and desktop computers.

Surgeons can now provide remote assistance as though they’re working side-by-side. They can telestrate, freeze images, use hand gestures, and even add real objects into the merged reality environment.

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Be there instantly

Help Lightning is easy, fast and intuitive.

Once you’re in a merged reality call with a colleague or customer, simply tap the mode to change how you interact. Choose whether you’re giving or receiving help, and start collaborating in seconds. Help Lightning’s unique Merged Reality can add missing visual cues, gestures, and non-verbal communication methods to any session.

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Using Help Lightning with smart surgical glasses

Take Help Lightning to the next level by pairing it with smart glasses. This innovation allows the wearer to benefit from the assistance of AI or a third-party while performing surgery. When used in conjunction with Help Lightning, smart glasses mean that another surgeon can see exactly what you are seeing and what you’re doing – and also have their hands superimposed over your field of view.

There are a number of models available from different manufacturers including VUZIX, Zebra, and RealWear.

The Advantage of Remote Expertise

Studies show that adding gestures and nonverbal clues substantially improves the speed of understanding. Furthermore, nonverbal cues are 430% more effective than verbal cues and nonverbal cues make Help Lightning’s combination of verbal and nonverbal communication up to 10 times more effective.

Sources: Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, British Journal of Clinical Psychology

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Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital

Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital


Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, United States of America


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Phoenix Children's Hospital 1919 East Thomas Road Phoenix Arizona 85016 United States of America

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Our program here at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) is uniquely qualified to provide premier education and clinical care in the area of pediatric neurosurgery as it is one of the largest free-standing Children’s hospitals in the United States with access to large volumes of patients, the latest technologies for advanced neurosurgical care, multiple research programs in both clinical as well as translational laboratory, and numerous residency and fellowship training programs. Renowned for its excellence in clinical care, Barrow at Phoenix Children's has treated pediatric neurological disease in children from around the world. Additionally, through our alliance with St. Joseph’s Hospital, we have access to the numerous opportunities for educational experience at the adult Barrow facility. PCH has consistently met and exceeded the national ranking in standard of care for its patients. PCH is a multi-disciplinary hospital with over 25 medical specialties housed within the hospital enabling efficient in-house consultation services, dedicated floor with over 20 beds for neurosurgical patients, cutting edge radiology equipment and neuroradiology team, and a pediatric critical care unit with trained neuro-critical care physicians. We have two dedicated neurosurgical operating rooms, which are fully equipped with the latest in neuro-surgical specialty equipment. We have a dedicated neurosurgical nursing team in each operating room as well as specialty trained nursing staff both inpatient and outpatient settings. Neurophysiologic diagnostic equipment, including EEG, EMG, ICP is available. Additional advanced technologies include: stereotactic laser ablation, resting state fMRI, 3D Laboratory for surgical planning, biplanar angiography suite with capabilities for the treatment of all virtually all pediatric neurological disease.

Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital values the importance of education especially to increasing the availability of education to developing countries. We have previously had clinical and research observors and fellows from around the world including: Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. During the fellow’s visit they have the opportunity to observe the most complex neurosurgical procedures that are performed in our dedicated neurosurgery operating suites on a daily basis, care on the clinical wards and ICU, participate in daily film review teaching rounds, as well as attend weekly Neurosurgery Clinical Conferences and Neurosurgery/Neurology Grand Rounds. In addition, we host a variety of Neuroscience Lectures and Conferences throughout the year that they are able to attend, based on what is offered during the time of visit. In addition, the visitor has access to the adult program at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital for surgical/clinical opportunities as well as didactic conferences. With affiliation of our University partners, the visitor has full library access both in house and by computer to the University of Arizona online system for accessing neuroscience and other medical journals as part of their learning about clinical or research topics. Computer access is available for research and writing with compatible document and spreadsheet analytic software if part of a collaborative research project.

While affiliated with Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix Children's Hospital and Children's Neurosciences are also affiliated with Mayo Clinic, the University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix, Translational Genomics (TGen), and Arizona State University. These affiliations provide collaborative opportunity for enrichment in education and neuroscience without limitations. The faculty at Barrow at Phoenix Children's have collaborated with other physicians and neurosurgeons from around the world in clinical care, research and education. We have nearly 100 pediatric neuro sub-specialists in the care of neurological disease as part of the Institute and over 50 research personnel.

Our Pediatric Neurosurgery Faculty:
Dr. P. David Adelson is the Director of Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Diane and Bruce Halle Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosciences and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Dr. Adelson is board certified in neurological surgery, pediatric neurosurgery and adolescent medicine. He practices all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, with a special interest in pediatric cerebrovascular, epilepsy, brachial plexus and peripheral nerve, congenital anomalies including Chiari malformations and syringomyelia, and tumors.

Dr. Ruth Bristol is the Director of Craniofacial Neurosurgery and the Co-Director of the Hypothalamic Hamartoma Program. Dr. Bristol is board certified in neurological surgery and pediatric neurosurgery She practices all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, with a special interest in craniofacial, hypothalamic hamartomas, fetal medicine, and craniosynostosis as well as all other aspects of pediatric neurosurgery.

Dr. David Shafron has had over 10 years of residency training experience with the University of Arizona School of Medicine – Tucson with rotating residents through the pediatric neurosurgery service here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dr. Shafron is a board certified neurosurgeon. He practices all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, with a special interest in spasticity, craniosynostosis, hydrocephalus, fetal medicine and cerebral palsy.

Dr. Taryn Bragg is board certified in neurological surgery and pediatric surgery. She practices all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, with special interest in spasticity, movement disorders, chiari, congenital defects, and neuromodulation.

Dr. Jamal McClendon is board eligible in neurological surgery and pediatric surgery. He practices in a focused aspect of pediatric neurosurgery specifically in the area of complex spinal diseases/disorders including deformity, trauma, and tumors.

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David Adelson

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Clinical department with teaching programme




  • Trained paediatric neurosurgeon

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Professional affiliations / memberships

  • ISPN
  • AANS
  • ASPN
  • CNS
  • Other

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