The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) is the first in the NHS to benefit from a state of the art imaging scanner that will deliver more accurate 3D images and result in safer surgery for patients.
The new scanner will give RNOH surgeons the ability to carry out complex spinal operations more efficiently and safely. The surgeon is able to manipulate images created by the scan so that they can view a variety of different 3D and 2D angles of the patient’s anatomy, including detailed images of the spine and bone structure. It also allows for much higher resolution and quality images than existing intra-operative imaging.
The Medtronic O-Arm™ imaging scanner is a revolutionary type of X-ray machine that can circulate 360 degrees around a patient in just 13 seconds, resulting in both the radiographer and the surgeon having significantly less exposure to radiation. Once the images are obtained the surgeons can use the stealth navigation technology to insert metalwork into the spine safely, significantly reducing the risk of injury to the spinal cord and nerves.
The new technology will significantly help improve surgery for patients with complex spinal deformities and anatomy. The RNOH, which treats more than 90,000 patients each year, has the largest spinal surgery service in Europe and is a leader in research and development in the field of muscular-skeletal health.
Mr Robert Lee, RNOH consultant orthopaedic and spinal surgeon, said: “We are delighted to be able to have this brand new technology available to improve care for our patients. This really is a breakthrough in medical technology that will make performing an operation much safer and easier. Surgeons will be able to pinpoint exactly where surgical implants, such as metal screws, should be positioned along the spine, providing much greater accuracy and safety.
“Being able to perform procedures in this way will ultimately reduce the time needed for surgery especially for complex procedures – an added benefit being that patients will require less time under anaesthetic. It allows less soft tissue disruption and the use of more minimal access techniques meaning faster rehabilitation for our patients.”
The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital