Otolaryngology is the field of medicine that deals with problems related to the ears, nose and throat. The ENT physicians at Flowers Hospital provide complete care for diseases and disorders of the ears, nose and throat, including the sinuses, mouth, neck and related structures of the head and neck.
Many sinus operations occur near the brain, eyes, carotid artery and other vulnerable structures. Flowers Hospital uses an electromagnetic image-guided surgery (IGS) system that helps the surgeon avoid these areas. The IGS system displays 3D images of the patient’s anatomy as well as the precise location of the surgeon’s instruments, enabling the surgeon to exercise greater caution.
Similar to a GPS device, an image-guided surgery (IGS) system provides a visual road map of each
patient’s unique anatomy, and allows surgeons to track the position of their instruments in the patient’s
sinuses at all times during surgery. It does not replace surgical skill or anatomical knowledge, but offers
additional information for surgical decision-making.
Sinus anatomy can be altered by disease, previous surgery, and normal anatomical variations. This can
make it a challenge for surgeons to find anatomical landmarks — even with a detailed knowledge of
anatomy and surgical skill. Image-guided surgery has been used effectively since the mid-1990s.
Before the procedure, the patient has a CT (computed tomography) scan of the sinuses. These images
are transferred to the IGS system, allowing the surgeon to plan the best surgical approach for the
operation. The IGS system correlates data from these CT scans with special sensors placed on the
patient’s head and the surgeon’s instruments during the procedure. While the surgery is performed, 3D
images of the patient’s anatomy and the position of the surgeon’s instruments are displayed in real time.
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