Cutting edge imaging and navigation tools allow surgeons to more easily and accurately treat a variety of complex spinal conditions. The imaging system delivers a fast and precise 3-D representation of a patient’s anatomy during surgery. The guidance system then uses this 3-D image to ensure that implants such as screws are placed in the spine with millimeter precision.
Compared to traditional surgical methods, this navigational technique improves accuracy, requires a smaller incision and reduces postoperative pain. It also produces less radiation than a CT scan. This improves outcomes by making complex cases more effective, safe and accurate.
While the majority of surgeries in the United States are performed without this navigational assistance, this technology is available at both Keck Hospital of USC and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.