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New technology delivers advanced surgical accuracy

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane became the first hospital in Australia to support its operating theatres with three Medtronic Stealth operating navigation systems—a development the hospital’s Executive Director Don Murray said would assist surgeons achieve an advanced level of operating accuracy.

The third StealthStation® S7™ Navigation System was installed at Mater Private in March 2009 and joined the O-ARM® Multidimensional Surgical Imaging System.

The technology enables advanced visualisation of anatomy from multiple perspectives, providing surgeons with a map to ensure accurate procedure planning and execution.

“This system helps surgeons in the operating room view, plan and operate with incredible accuracy,” Mr Murray said.

“It enables the highest levels of precision for various aspects of intricate surgical procedures by aligning digital imaging with instrument guidance.”

The new Stealth technology complements and works in concert with the cutting-edge O-ARM®, combining the best features of C-arm technology with intra-operative 3D image navigation, thereby providing data for better surgical decisions.

Together, the O-ARM® and StealthStation® systems form a unique surgical pairing provided by medical technology supplier Medtronic. The combination enables faster, more accurate procedures for medical specialities including neurosurgery, spinal surgery, ear, nose and throat surgery and orthopaedic surgery.

According to National Surgical Managing Director John Mills, who distributes Medtronic technology in Queensland, the StealthStation® S7™ Navigation System and the O-ARM®—when combined—take the guess work out of intricate operating cases for surgeons.

“This gives the surgeon the ability to see on-screen exactly where they are, in minute focus, at every moment of the procedure—it’s exciting stuff,” Mr Mills explained.


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