On Monday, May 22, the neurosurgical and orthopaedic spine teams collaborated to perform Suburban Hospital’s first operation utilizing the newly acquired intraoperative CT scanner. Drs. Jeff Jacobson, a Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, and Jay Khanna, professor of orthopaedic surgery and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins Medicine, successfully performed a multilevel lumbar fusion operation placing spinal pedicle screws using computer navigation. The portable intraoperative CT scanner is used in spinal, cranial and general surgery. The device allows for enhanced accuracy in screw placement and significantly reduces X-ray exposure to the patient and entire operating room staff.
Suburban is the only hospital in the region to offer this new technology. “The acquisition of this CT scanner is a reflection of our commitment to offer the most advanced surgical technologies to our patients,” says Jacky Schultz, Suburban Hospital’s president. “I also want to acknowledge the generosity of the numerous Suburban Hospital Foundation donors who made the purchase of this advanced scanner possible.”
The 32-slice CT scanner provides diagnostic-quality images for a wide range of clinical applications including cranial, spinal, head and neck and trauma. The system is designed for use in the operating room (OR), although the small system footprint allows for easy movement around the hospital and through standard OR doors.
Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a community-based, not-for-profit hospital serving Montgomery County and the surrounding area since 1943. The hospital is a regional trauma center with centers of excellence in cardiovascular care, stroke and neurosciences, orthopaedics and oncology. Suburban Hospital’s unique affiliation with the National Institutes of Health, located across the street from the hospital, has brought world-class research from the laboratory to the bedside, providing the local community with around-the-clock access to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment protocols for stroke, heart attack and other clinical conditions. Learn more at suburbanhospital.org.
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