Image-guided systems are essentially like GPS (global positioning satellite) systems for the anatomy of your head. These systems are used to assist our doctors in confirming the location of critical structures.
Our practice is the first in the Midlands to offer image-guided Balloon Sinus Dilation technology.
The images from CT scans are calibrated to the patient’s anatomy using pre-set reference points. The position of the sinus surgery instruments can then be tracked by the computer by integrating the information from the patient’s pre-set reference points and comparing it to the information on the CT scan map.
When is image guidance needed during sinus surgery?
Image guidance is most useful while operating on patients who have had previous sinus surgery, patients who have more complicated anatomies of the frontal or sphenoid sinuses, cases of benign tumor growths such as inverted papilloma, and patients who have thinning of the bone between the sinuses and the brain or the eye. If the site of a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak is identified on a pre-operative CT scan, the image-guidance system may also be useful during CSF leak repairs to help in isolating the bony defect to be patched. In some cases in which both bony and soft-tissue detail is important, a special technology to merge CT scans, which provide good bony detail, and MRI, which offers better soft tissue detail, can be done to take advantage of both views during the surgery.
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To help us personalize a care plan for you. Our quiz measures symptoms, along with frequency and duration, and is used as a tool for diagnosis and treatment.