Advanced Imaging Enters the OR

Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, is the 10th facility in the United States to utilize computed tomography (CT) technology during cranial and spinal procedures.

For some time, the neurology team at KentuckyOne Health has had its eyes on one of the most sophisticated tools available to surgeons today — the Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT®. Now, Saint Joseph Hospital is utilizing the next-generation technology.

“It has been a two-year process to get all of the pieces in place,” said Christopher Robb, director of surgical services with Saint Joseph Hospital. “It has been well worth the time. This is a tool that enhances the quality of surgical care and the experience of our patients.”


How It Works

The digital CT scanner works in tandem with Saint Joseph Hospital’s guided imagery system to scan the human body in real time and communicate images to surgeons as they work.

“Traditionally, surgeons base their work on diagnostic images that were gathered a week or two before the actual operation,” Robb said. “With the Airo, they can gain a better understanding of the area where they are working while they are operating.”

As a result of the improved views, surgeons are able to perform surgeries with more efficiency and spot-on accuracy, making smaller incisions that may heal more quickly. Patients may also experience decreased risk of infections.

“We are extremely satisfied with the results we have seen by utilizing the Airo at Saint Joseph Hospital,” Robb said. “We look forward to bringing this technology to more KentuckyOne Health facilities in the future.”

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