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The UPMC Department of Neurosurgery offers computed tomography (CT) image surgery, an innovative level of precision in spine surgery that works similarly to global positioning. Blending 64-slice CT scanning technology with real-time computer modeling, our surgical team accurately positions screws and other hardware that is used in a variety of spine procedures, from spinal fusion to complex scoliosis cases.
Because of the spine’s flexibility, traditional placement techniques have an error rate of up to 30 percent, which can lead to discomfort, instability, or the need for corrective surgery. With UPMC’s CT image-guided approach, surgeons know that all hardware is positioned accurately before completing the procedure.