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Revolutionary Intra-operative O-arm® Imaging System Installed for Treatment of Spinal Disorders

Decatur, Ill…Decatur Memorial Hospital announced today that it has entered a new era in advanced patient care with the O-arm® Multidimensional Imaging System manufactured and distributed by the Navigation division of Medtronic, Inc. Medtronic is the world’s largest medical device and technology company, and the foremost provider of minimally invasive computer-assisted surgery and intra-operative imaging solutions.

The O-arm® Imaging System provides complete multi-dimensional, intra-operative surgical imaging. It provides surgeons with real-time, 3-D images, as well as multi-plane, 2-D and fluoroscopic imaging. Using these images, Decatur Memorial Hospital’s neurosurgeons can view the patient anatomy in the operative position, monitor the status of the surgery, and verify the surgical changes with a 3D volumetric image prior to the patient leaving the surgical suite.

“Time is critical in the operating room,” said DMH Neurosurgeon Robert R. Kraus, Jr., MD. “The O-arm® allows patients undergoing spinal procedures less pain, quicker recovery, less invasive surgeries, and improved outcomes. The multidimensional images in about 30 seconds, and provides surgeons with real time 2-D and 3-D imaging in the surgical suite not offered by other available technologies.”

In addition to Dr. Kraus, other DMH Neurosurgeons utilizing this new technology include Oliver N. Dold, MD; and Thomas D. Fulbright, MD. All are members of DMH Medical Group, the largest medical group in Macon County.

The O-arm® Imaging System, with patented breakable gantry uses a flat-screen detector that enables it to collect 2-D or 3-D volumetric imaging within seconds, is designed specifically for use by surgeons in standard operating rooms while yielding high-quality imaging comparable to fixed CT systems. Electromechanical features enable repeatable positioning of the gantry between imaging shots and an unobtrusive location to permit unrestricted patient access.

The O-arm® Imaging System features the design flexibility to allow for expansion to additional surgical applications. The O-arm® Imaging System received FDA clearance early 2006.

About Decatur Memorial Hospital
Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH is a 300-bed facility with nearly 2,500 dedicated employees and 300 physicians. DMH encompasses 12 state-of-the-art Centers of Excellence which focus on proven quality healthcare. DMH has been recognized as a 2012 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital from Thomas Reuters. For more information, call 217-876-2850.