Real-Time Images Aid Surgery Decisions, Patient Recovery
The latest advancement in computed tomography (CT) technology is changing the way specialists at Memorial Regional Hospital perform surgery, leading to better outcomes for both doctors and patients.
The hospital is the first in South Florida to utilize the Airo® Mobile Intraoperative CT, a mobile imaging system whose visuals are a significant improvement over the fluoroscopy x-rays commonly used during surgery. The new technology produces 3D patient images that provide real-time
feedback on how procedures are progressing and are easily merged with pre-operative scans, aiding the decision-making process of operating room professionals.
“It’s a clearer picture in real time that enables us to use significantly less radiation,” said Dr. Christopher DeMassi, a neurosurgeon in the Memorial Healthcare System that was among the first to utilize the new technology. “The improved view leads to more accurate instrument placement, quicker procedures, and easier recovery for patients. In complex cases, it means we’re able to operate on those whose poor anatomy would have otherwise made them an extreme risk.”
To date, the Airo CT at Memorial Regional has primarily been used for spine procedures but Dr. DeMassi feels it could also be positioned to be effective during cranial surgery, including deep brain stimulation. Brainlab, the company that manufactures the equipment, says its mobility “helps expand the use of intraoperative imaging . . . including neurosurgery, orthopedic and trauma surgery.”
“I’m thankful to be operating in a place that understands the value of medical technology and has a real commitment to being the best,” said DeMassi.