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Image-guided surgery enables spine surgeons to see and navigate three-dimensionally (3D) through the patient's body in real time before and during surgery.

Using fiber optics, these image guided systems present clear, close-up views of the spine from various perspectives without the need of exposing a large area of surrounding tissue to possible damage.

This remarkable development is the result of a combination of futuristic technologies including:

  • computers
  • sophisticated software
  • specialized surgical tools
  • precision position-measurement systems


The benefits of Image-Guided Surgery can be applied to various surgical procedures including:

  • tumor treatment
  • herniated discs removal
  • joint fusing in the spine

In all of these examples and others, the surgeon's work can be enhanced with this technology. For example, biopsies can be removed from abnormal areas of tissue through relatively small incisions.