The view has a lot to do with whether a surgery can be performed using minimally invasive techniques. For neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons doing spinal procedures at St. Mary’s, that view just got better with the new O-arm® Imaging System. Because minimally invasive surgery is performed through tiny incisions, rather than the large incision of traditional, open surgery, it requires high-quality images of the surgical site, explains neurosurgeon John Lopez, MD.
With older imaging technology, the location of the injury or the shape of the damaged spine sometimes made it difficult to get a good view because the images were two-dimensional. The O-arm system builds a three-dimensional image from numerous pictures it takes as it rotates around the patient (see image below).
In the operating room, the surgeon refers to images taken before surgery. The O-arm can produce additional high-quality, 3-D images during the procedure and before the patient leaves the operating room, so the surgeon can be sure the maximum possible correction or repair has been made.
“With O-arm technology more patients undergoing spinal procedures may experience less invasive surgeries, faster recover times, and improved outcomes,” Lopez says.
See the O-arm
Come see the latest in imaging technology. St. Mary’s new O-arm® Imaging System will be on display in the hospital lobby.
Wednesday, May 25, and Thursday, May 26
10:00 am–4:00 pm
Use our parking garage and take the walkway to the main floor lobby.