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Advanced Technology for Treatment of Spinal Disorers and Injuries
Start Date
07/21/2011
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MASON CITY, IA — Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa has entered a new era in advanced patient care for treatment of spinal disorders and injuries with the O-arm® Multidimensional Imaging System by the Navigation division of Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT). Mercy – North Iowa is the third hospital in Iowa and the only hospital in North Iowa to have this technology.

The O-arm® Surgical Imaging System is a multi-dimensional surgical imaging platform that is optimized for use in spine, orthopaedic, and trauma-related surgeries. It provides real-time, intra-operative imaging of a patient's anatomy with high quality images.

Mercy – North Iowa neurosurgeon, David Beck, M.D., uses the O-arm® to view patient anatomy during surgery; as a result, patients undergoing spinal procedures may experience less invasive surgeries, faster recovery times, and improved outcomes. For fusion patients, it minimizes the risk of placement of spinal screws.

“The O-arm® technology provides me with real time 2-D and 3-D imaging during surgery which is not available through other technologies,” said Beck. He uses O-arm® technology for all spinal disorders and spine injury surgeries that require fusion.

About Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa
Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa offers the best of all worlds to its patients: the family atmosphere of a hometown health care center along with the technology, services and resources of a major modern medical center. Mercy – North Iowa has been named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation for eights years and is recognized by Hospitals & Health Networks as one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals.

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