LifeHealthcare has helped to install the country's first fully portable CT scanner at Brisbane Private Hospital.
The battery-operated 'BodyTom' mobile intra-operative 32-slice CT scanner give surgeons "new capabilities" during procedures.
This portable scanner reduces the need to transport patients to and from fixed CT scanners, so imaging can be done in the operating room.
Brisbane Private Hospital spinal surgeon Dr Paul Licina said that navigation has become an "integral part" of his surgery where pedicle screws and other implants are used.
"We can also image more of the spine which is useful where more than one or two levels are to be instrumented. If there are already screws in situ, the image quality is excellent whereas before, metal artefact would mean that we would usually remove the implants before acquiring the images."
Dr Licina added that one of the most important advantages was being able to get a high quality scan at the end of the conclusion of the surgery while the patient was still on the operating table.
"The quality of the image is diagnostic and as a surgeon I have a clear idea of what has been achieved in surgery before the patient returns to the ward," he said.
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