Albany Med Unveils Advanced Technologies for Brain and Spinal Surgeries
ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2013 — Albany Medical Center today unveiled advanced imaging technologies in a pair of its new Patient Pavilion operating rooms that provide for greater precision and patient safety during brain and spinal surgeries.
Albany Med is the only institution in the Northeast to provide highly advanced digital imaging and navigational systems in adjacent operating rooms that provide surgeons with real-time information and high resolution images during surgeries.
“Bringing scanning technologies into the OR provides a tremendous and unique advantage for patients,” said Alan S. Boulos, M.D., chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and co-director of the Neurosciences Institute. “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.
The BrainSuite OR suite at Albany Med is composed of two operating rooms, allowing for a second surgery to be performed at the same time while a CT scanner is moved back and forth via a track system from a central sterile holding room.
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s
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