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Texas Health Minimally Invasive Technology Center

Training Facilities

The Texas Health Minimally Invasive Technology Center will consider proposals for use of facilities and staff for non-CME activities that do not meet guidelines for accreditation. Our educators, laboratory technicians and meeting planners will work with relevant corporate collaborators to ensure that materials, instrumentation and equipment are appropriate to the course objectives and participant learning needs.

Interested parties should contact Director of Preclinical Research and Training Carrie Cantrell for additional information regarding relevancy, pricing and availability of the facility.

Classroom Communication Capabilities | Laboratory Facilities and Capabilities
Additional Facility Amenities and Capabilities

Classroom Communication Capabilities 


  • Two-way videoconferencing with transmission speeds up to 768 kbps
  • Point-to-point or Multi-point connections
  • Three positional cameras, microphones and a sound system can accommodate a video-conference for up to forty participants
  • Access to Texas Health Resources' videoconferencing bridge, which connects 13 hospitals in the Texas Health Resource system and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School via proprietary T-1 connections


  • One-way or two-way, broadband video and audio transmission via a fiber optic network. This network directly connects the our classroom to multiple locations on the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas campus, including:
    • Seven main operating rooms
    • Four catheterization labs
    • One electrophysiology lab
    • Five operating rooms in the Margot Perot Center for Women
    • The 220-seat Fogelson Forum auditorium
    • Broadband video and audio sources from any of these locations can be supplied for satellite broadcasting or webcasting.


  • Interactive telesurgery production, video recording and broadcasting of surgical procedures
  • Three-CCD, digital camera with remote control pan and tilt mechanism on a positional jib-arm for capturing broadcast quality video images from the operating room
  • Computer data to video scan-conversion allows the inclusion of physiologic, anesthesia and diagnostic images live from the operating room in any video production

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Laboratory Facilities and Capabilities

The Texas Health Minimally Invasive Technology Center includes a completely contained laboratory facility utilized for training and research purposes. The facility includes a six-station skills lab and a sterile procedure suite for research activities.

For information on the use of these facilities, please contact Lab Supervisor Mark Butler, or call the Research Office at 214-345-5377.

Skills Lab

  • 1,100 square-foot, six-station skills lab can accommodate up to four participants per station.
  • Each station is equipped with endoscopic surgical tower with insufflator and associated instruments, electro-cautery and ultracision capabilities, and general surgery, cardiac and orthopedic surgical instruments. Fluoroscopic imaging is also available.
  • The laboratory training facilities can accommodate inanimate models, endoscopic trainers, cadaveric and in vivo laboratory activities.
  • The facility includes separate secure locker rooms for women and men.

Sterile Procedure Suite

The Sterile Procedure Suite includes areas for instrument prep and sterilization, survival surgical procedures and recovery. The Sterile Procedure Room is equipped with:

  • Dual booms, complete with endoscopic tower, providing capability to mount monitors, VCRs, camera controls, physiological monitors, etc.
  • Surgical lights (one with camera to allow for easy visitor observation while maintaining surgical field)
  • Portable C-arm for intra-operative verification of placement of devices or tools
  • Cardiac bypass pump
  • Surgical table that allows remote control positioning for special procedures
  • Surgical instruments include, endoscopic, orthopedic (including electric power drills and saws) and general cardiothoracic.
  • Rapid infusion pump
  • Electrocautery
  • Blood gas and coagulation analyzers
  • Gas anesthesia equipment utilizing isoflurane, monitored via ECG, pulse oximetry, respiratory volume, etc.
  • Other items may be arranged on request

The Recovery Room allows for isolated, closely-monitored recovery of animals following surgical procedures. Increased body temperature can be accomplished via heat lamps, and physiological and telemetry monitoring and specially-designed caging to limit animal mobility during recovery are also available.

The instrument prep area is used for the storage and sterilization of procedure-specific supplies and tools. An autoclave capable of sterilization and flashing is located in this area. Adjacent hospital facilities are used for ethylene oxide sterilization.

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Additional Facility Amenities and Capabilities

The facility includes a speaker ready room with slide and video reviewing equipment for faculty preparation and has video monitoring capability from the classroom. This room may also be utilized to facilitate small meetings and is furnished with a speaker phone and marking board.

A pre-function area provides an area for service and preparation of meals without disturbing activities being conducted in the classroom. The seating area, which can accommodate 32 to 40 individuals, has video monitoring of activities from the classroom.

Service Levels

  • Services provided for our clients are customized to meet each specific training need
  • Catering (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, receptions, breaks)
  • Registration (sign-in sheets, name badges, staff support, documentation)
  • Routine office services
  • Travel arrangements for faculty and/or participants (hotel arrangements, ground transportation between PIMIT, hotel and/or airport)

Staff Support

  • The in-house multidisciplinary staff is comprised of a wide range of education, training and service professionals
  • The Texas Health Research & Education Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians
  • Faculty development specialists
  • Enduring materials staff that can develop syllabi and other handouts, slides, audio and video productions of presentations and on-line courses
  • Meeting planners
  • Operating room technical coordinators for live telesurgery
  • Audiovisual technicians
  • Laboratory research specialists and technicians
  • Video editors

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