3-D Technology Comes To Operating Room At Mission Community Hospital

Hospital is First in Area to Add Advanced Imaging System for Spine Surgery

PANORAMA CITY, CA (August 5, 2011) -– For the first time in the San Fernando Valley, patients undergoing spine surgery at Mission Community Hospital will have advanced 3-D technology used to enhance the surgeon’s view of their spine, improving the precision and accuracy of spine care to make back surgery easier and faster. Called the 3-D O-Arm, this technology is the first to be used in the San Fernando Valley.

What makes the O-Arm unique is that it provides a real-time 2-D and 3-D image of a patient’s internal anatomy. These images guide surgeons performing minimally invasive spine procedures with greater precision and accuracy – especially for complex spine surgeries.

The new donut-shaped device, which is available in only a few other hospitals in the nation, allows physicians to take 360-degree images around the patient, without having to move him or her. The image is sent to a navigation computer in the OR in 30 seconds or less, which the surgeon views during surgery. The surgeon then has the immediate feedback needed to make adjustments if necessary during the operation. The system’s mobility allows it to be used for multiple procedures occurring simultaneously.

“The 3-D imaging equipment has transformed the way we perform procedures on patients,” said Bob Barcohana, M.D., a Fellowship-trained spine surgeon on staff at Mission Community Hospital. “It provides a multi-planar comprehensive image prior to the patient leaving the operating room. Not only does it speed up surgical time but it decreases the radiation exposure to the patient, surgeon, and surgical staff.”

Combined with the minimally invasive, GPS-guided surgical system known as the Stealth, surgeons at Mission Community Hospital have sophisticated technology at their finger tips, which allows them to carry out some of the most advanced and complicated spine surgeries performed today.

“We invested in this technology because our growing list of spinal specialists wanted to provide the most advanced equipment available today at their fingertips to improve the care for their spine and neck patients,” said Heidi Lennartz, CEO of Mission Community Hospital. “As the first community hospital in the area with this technology, we are committed to develop the most comprehensive back and neck care program in the Valley.”

The 3-D spine technology is only one part of Mission Community Hospital’s new investment in technology to improve surgical outcomes. It also recently purchased the most advanced da Vinci surgical robotic system that allows surgeons to perform prostate, GYN and other procedures with the precision and accuracy of a robot.