JOPLIN, MO-- New technology is allowing local doctors to get a better look at delicate surgical procedures while reducing the potential impact to the patient.
"Takes basically a CAT scan, a 3D image of the patient." During surgery... in a matter of seconds, according to Freeman Neurosurgeon Joshua Sweaney. "Takes approximately 27 seconds to confirm where our hardware is at and see what work has been done. It's very nice because if anything needs to be changed, we can do it right then and there while the patient is still in the operating room."
O Arm Multidimensional Imaging gives the surgeon flexibility and real time data. "Spins around the patient at 360 degrees after the spin it transfers the data stealth navigation system to have a real time GPS roadmap if you will of the patient's anatomy."
The equipment helps doctors perform more complex procedures in difficult to reach areas like the back of the neck. Sweaney adds, "The benefits to the patient are less radiation exposure, more precise placement of hardware. The potential for reoperation is much lower."