Innovative Imaging and Stealth Navigation Making Spinal Surgery More Precise
Neurosurgery and orthopedic surgeons at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital are the first in the area to employ the new technology of the O-arm® Surgical Imaging System and StealthStation®S7® Treatment Guidance System to provide more precise, real time information during spinal surgery.
One look at this piece of high-tech imaging equipment and you can easily see why it’s called an ”O-arm.” Its circular “O” structure hinged on a moveable base, transforms itself into a “C” shape as it remotely opens up one side to easily accommodate a patient on the operating table during surgery.
The O-arm is a combination of C-arm technology teamed up with 3-D imaging and GPS-like navigation for less invasive, more effective imaging results before, during and after a surgical operation. During spinal surgery, that information helps surgeons to make precise surgical decisions based on real-time images and to delicately maneuver around spinal nerves and organs, preserving healthy tissue and potential shortening the length of surgery. At the end of a spinal procedure, this technology can visually confirm the accuracy of the procedure, before the patient even leaves the Operating Room.
In about 30 seconds, the technology of the O-arm System can deliver a 360 degree scan as well as two and three dimensional images of the surgical area, right in the Operating Room.