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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:29 PM Page 69 I mage-guided technology might not yet be the standard of care in ENT ORs, but more surgeons are aware of its benefits during rou- tine sinus surgery and its potential in pushing the boundaries of minimally invasive approaches that promise to speed healing for patients who'd otherwise face difficult roads to recoveries. If you haven't yet invested in the technology, you're at a serious disadvantage to those centers that have. Confident confirmation The technology's bread-and-butter usage is during endoscopic sinus surgery performed on patients with chronic sinusitis, extensive disease, polyps or in need of involved revision surgery. Surgeons who Image guidance gives the surgeon another sensory input to confirm what he already suspects to be true. reach beyond the routine also use image guidance to remove tumors at the base of the skull and brain, perform pituitary surgery, correct orbital issues such as tear duct obstruction and fix thyroid abnormalities. Endoscopic ENT advancements have paralleled imaging capabilities — surgeons have been able to do more as imaging quality such as CT resolution has improved. The most significant imaging advances from the ENT perspective relate to the fusion of MRI and CT scan images, particularly as surgeons push the boundaries of minimally-invasive approaches. Image-guided systems that capitalize on image-fusion technology let surgeons view overlaid A P R I L 2 013 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | 6 9

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