South Carolina health system adds spine robot

Carly Behm -  

Medical University of South Carolina's Charleston division added Medronic's Mazor X robot and O-arm mobile X-ray system.

Bruce Frankel, MD, was the first to use the technologies in a microdiscectomy case, according to a May 12 post on the university's website. The procedure is not commonly performed with the Mazor X, but Dr. Frankel wanted to see how the system's imaging and navigation could allow for more precision.

Dr. Frankel plans to use the technology for future discectomies with some adaptations. The robots take images of the spine and map them to the patient on the operating table.

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