Neurosurgeons at The James Cook University Hospital are the first in the country to use a state-of-the-art imaging robot.
The first of its kind Brainlab Loop-X navigating robot has an independently moving imaging source, allowing surgeons to quickly plan and perform spinal surgery, and detector panels enabling flexible patient positioning.
Thanks to the new wireless machine patients requiring spinal surgery at the Middlesbrough hospital are benefiting from shorter operating times and reduced radiation exposure.
Theatre sister Sarah Morley said: “We are thrilled to be the first in the country to use this innovative robot for our spinal surgery.
“It avoids the need for multiple X-rays during surgery, gives surgeons continuous real time images allowing for even greater accuracy and shorter operating times.
“It can be used in other specialties and as we learn more about it, we hope to use it to perform different types of surgery.”
It also enables surgeons to provide more accurate minimally invasive and invasive procedures, allowing patients to recover more quickly and spend less time in hospital.
Mark West, regional manager, Brainlab UK and Ireland, said: “It’s a privilege for Brainlab to be working with The James Cook University Hospital.
“The first Loop-X system to be installed and clinical in the NHS is a great testament to the ambition and drive of their clinical team.
“Loop-X is the first and only mobile interoperative robotic 2D/3D imagining system which sets a new standard in image-guided surgery.”