Improving Surgery Through the Power of 3-D

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

December 11, 1007

There’s some brand new technology right here in Charlottesville that’s changing they way doctors see while performing in the operating room.

The Charlottesville Surgical Center in Albemarle County is home to a Philips Medical Systems 3-D Imaging Unit, it's one of only four in the entire country.

With this new machine they are able to bring the power of an x-ray right into the operating room.

Dr. Mark Dean has a very special way to see every detail before you ever go under the knife.

With the unit he is able to create a 3-D image of any area of the body.

“Somebody comes to the operating room, (and) I do that image right here. We do the procedure. We do the image again, and we've just saved two hospital visits and two operating room visits,” said Dean.

The result, surgeons can see the finished product before you ever leave the operating table and if something is off it can be fixed right there in the same room.

“The benefit is more precise diagnosis, in other words when, you have an injury you are able to see exactly what it is,” said Dean.

Another added benefit of this machine is because they can image you right in room, it cuts down on having to get extra x-rays or CT scans done; so your radiation exposure ends up being just one-tenth of what it normally is.

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