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T OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:30 PM Page 75 E N T N A V I G A T I O N physicians who lose confidence in where their instruments are located tend to slow down and perform incomplete dissections. Some sort of robotic integration is on the horizon. For example, a system's screen might light up to warn surgeons when they approach or touch anatomical landmarks that were previously programmed as something to be avoided. Systems might start to give surgeons practical feedback to guide their operative courses, and perhaps even send tactile alerts to instruments — through vibration or forcing the surgeon's hand in such a way that he wouldn't be able to move further — to make procedures safer. Bite the bullet The average cost of a new navigation system runs between $125,000 and $150,000. How can you justify that expense? To be honest, you're stuck between a rock and a hard place. The technology is costly, but you simply must invest in a system to stay on the cutting edge of surgical care. Surgeons are demanding the technology, and won't bring cases to your ORs if it's not available. OSM Dr. Senior (brent_senior@med.unc.edu) is chief of the division of rhinology, allergy and endoscopic skull base surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. US. 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 | 7 5

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