New O-Arm Imaging Technology Beneficial to Spine Patients

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University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview recently became Minnesota's first hospital with new, three-dimensional imaging capabilities inside the operating room (OR) for spine surgeries.

The Breakaway Imaging O-arm, distributed by Medtronic Navigation, provides multi-dimensional, surgical imaging for complex spine surgeries. The new technology, available in only a few other hospitals in the nation, provides real-time, 3-D images in the operating room.

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Installation, training and use of the technology began in October on the Medical Center's Riverside campus. The futuristic imaging technology provides two-dimensional fluoroscopy and 3-D imaging for spine surgeries quickly - in less than 30 seconds - that will allow surgeons greater precision in hardware placement and improve patient safety.

The O-arm is the next-generation technology advance of the C-arm, also used by spine surgeons at the medical center. The O-arm, however, provides more precise images onto a digital flat panel screen in the surgical suite. Its donut-shaped telescoping gantry allows for 360-degree imaging around the patient, making it highly beneficial for complicated spine cases.

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