3D imaging system adds new tool to U-M Spine Program

The University of Michigan Health System is the first hospital in the state to begin using a new imaging system that provides the neurosurgeons in its renowned minimally invasive Spine Surgery Program with real-time, 3D images and intraoperative navigation.
Neurosurgeons can use the O-ARM Multidimensional Imaging System to view patient anatomy in the operative position, monitor the status of the surgery and verify surgical changes with a 3D volumetric image prior to the patient leaving the surgical suite.
"As a result, we have shown more accurate placement of spinal instrumentation with less blood loss and faster recovery times as compared to traditional open surgical procedures" says  Paul Park, M.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery at the U-M Medical School.
 "The University of Michigan has long been at the forefront of performing spine surgeries in a minimally invasive way," says  Frank La Marca, M.D., director of the U-M Spine Surgery Program.
"The O-ARM, through space-age navigational technology, allows us to further improve outcomes and to apply minimally invasive techniques to spinal pathologies which until recently could not be addressed with minimally invasive techniques, including degenerative disease, spinal trauma, spinal tumors and complex spinal deformity," continues La Marca, who is an assistant professor in the U-M departments of Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering. The O-ARM is made by Medtronic Navigation.
The U-M Spine Surgery Program provides state-of-the-art services to individuals whose spinal disorders affect their health and productivity, and whose disorders require surgical intervention. Patients referred to the spine surgery program may suffer from pain and/or neurological deficits due to degenerative spinal disease, scoliosis, spinal tumors or traumatic injury. It is the first program in the state with an effort completely dedicated to the advancement of minimally invasive spine surgery.
Surgeons in the U-M Department of Neurosurgery work closely with colleagues in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to ensure the best and most comprehensive care possible for their patients.
Written by: Katie Vloet

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