Future Of Spine Surgery Available Today At Baptist Hospital

Jun 4, 2019

Revolutionary Intra-operative O-arm® Imaging System Installed
for Treatment of Spinal Disorders

North Central Baptist Hospital announced today that it has entered a new era in advanced patient care with the O-arm® Multidimensional Imaging System.

“We are bringing this technology to North Central Baptist in an effort to equip physicians with technology that can help improve the patient experience,” said Bill Waechter, North Central Baptist Hospital President. “For patients undergoing spinal procedures, the new O-arm may provide for less invasive surgeries, faster recovery times, and improved outcomes.”

The O-arm provides complete multi-dimensional, intra-operative surgical imaging, giving surgeons real-time, 3-D images, as well as multi-plane, 2-D and fluoroscopic imaging. Using these images, North Central Baptist Hospital’s neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons can view the patient anatomy in the operative position, monitor the status of the surgery, and verify the surgical changes with a 3D volumetric image prior to the patient leaving the surgical suite.

“Time is critical in the operating room,” said neurosurgeon Derrick Sun, MD. “The O-arm® offers multidimensional images in about 30 seconds, and provides me with real time 2-D and 3-D imaging not offered by other available technologies.”

The O-arm® Imaging System by Medtronic Inc., offers patented breakable gantry, a flat-screen detector that enables it to collect 2-D or 3-D volumetric imaging within seconds, and is designed specifically for use by surgeons in standard operating rooms while yielding high-quality imaging comparable to fixed CT systems.  Electromechanical features enable repeatable positioning of the gantry between imaging shots and an unobtrusive location to permit unrestricted patient access.

Initially intended for use in orthopedic surgical procedures, the O-arm® Imaging System features the design flexibility to allow for expansion to additional surgical applications.  The O-arm® Imaging System received FDA clearance early 2006. 

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