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Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital to benefit from new X-Ray scanner
A hospital will be one of the first in the NHS to benefit from a new X-ray scanner to help carry out complex spinal operations.
The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore is the first hospital in the NHS to get the new scanner, which will show surgeons at the hospital images in 2D and 3D of spine and bone structure in patients.
The Medtronic O-Arm is able to circle completely round a patient in 13 seconds and the images it captures will help reduce the risk of injury to the spinal cord and nerves during surgery.
RNOH consultant orthopaedic and spinal surgeon Dr Robert Lee 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.”
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