New X-Ray Guides
The most exacting moment during surgeries of
the spine, head or neck is when the neurosurgeon aligns his surgical
instruments to the precise area in the patientís anatomy where hardware or
implants must be placed. Until now, they have placed screws or other
hardware in those areas of the body guided by CT scans, MRIís or x-rays taken
prior to surgery. New technology has dramatically improved this process
and has made the placement of the necessary hardware more efficient and
Lafayette General Medical Center is the only health care
facility in Lafayette to offer surgeons the revolutionary Medtronic O-arm
Surgical Imaging System, a mobile x-ray machine that provides surgeons with a 360-degree
scan of the patientís changing anatomy while in the operative position.
In the operating room, the O-arm forms a ring around the
patientís body. The ring can
be opened and closed so the patient does not have to be moved. It rotates to take 2-D real-time moving
x-rays and 3-D images of the body.
The O-arm includes a navigational component, like a GPS system, that
allows the surgeon to track and guide instruments through the body in real
time, ensuring the placement of hardware more precisely.
The navigation system converts the 3-D image on the O-arm
into a transparent image, like an x-ray.
The system provides images of the anatomy, including bones and implants.
It is especially advantageous in cases where large areas need to be
visualized. The processing is
fast, capturing the entire cervical spine in one 13-second scan. In less than 30 seconds, the O-arm can
take almost 400 images, which are reconstructed on a flat-panel monitor for the
patientís surgeon to review during the procedure. These images provide
immediate confirmation, before closing the patient, that the hardware or
implant has been positioned in its optimal location, possibly avoiding a
revision surgery. The greater accuracy afforded by the O-arm means a less
invasive, faster procedure with noted quicker recovery times
and improved patient outcomes.
"The addition of the O-arm Imaging System further
strengthens Lafayette General Medical Center as a leader in technology,Ē says
LGMC President/CEO David L Callecod, FACHE. "Our state-of-the-art equipment attracts top physicians and
results in better outcomes for patients.
LGMC will continue to be a health care leader and innovator in our
In keeping with that commitment, LGMC was recently the only
hospital in Louisiana named one of the nationís Most Wired hospitals by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The nationís Most Wired hospitals leverage
the adoption and use of health information technology (IT) to improve performance
in a number of areas, according to Health Careís Most Wired 2012 Survey.
As a field, hospitals are focused on expanding and adopting IT that protects
patient data and optimizes patient flow and communications.