With technology and a configuration unlike any other pair of operating rooms in the Northeast, Albany Med’s new specialized OR suite in the Patient Pavilion will enable surgeons to achieve greater precision during brain and spinal surgeries while reducing the threat of infection or potential recurrence of conditions.
The highly advanced digital system features image-guided surgery using an operating room CT scanner and a computerized navigational system, providing surgeons with information in real time, according to Alan S. Boulos, MD, chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and co-director of the Neurosciences Institute.
“Bringing scanning technologies into the OR provides a tremendous and unique advantage for patients,” Dr. Boulos said. “Rather than removing patients from the surgical area to get updated information, we can scan patients while they are being operated on and avoid removing them from the surgical area.”
Peter Karis, patient care service director for Imaging and Related Services, likens the navigational technology to a GPS. “It helps guide the surgeons to a certain locality,” he said. “Now they not only have the technology to pinpoint the size and exact location of a tumor or other condition, they can take a CT right afterward in the OR and see, ‘Did I get it all?’”
Dr. Boulos said the advanced technology will benefit patients by allowing smaller incisions, reducing the potential for infections and post-operative complications and providing greater assurance that surgical goals are accomplished.
Steven M. Frisch, MD, executive vice president and hospital general director, said Albany Med has an obligation to provide state-of-the-art care. “We are the region’s leading provider of intracranial services,” he said. “We have to invest in technologies to support that.”
The BrainSuite OR suite at Albany Med is composed of two operating rooms, allowing for a two surgeries to be performed at the same time while the CT scanner is moved back and forth via a track system from a central holding room. This dual OR is the only one of its kind north of Baltimore.
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