In the quest for better methods to treat scoliosis of the spine, the innovative people at ACRM Corp have developed 3-D Model technology that can greatly enhance the surgeon’s ability to fully analyze the effect of scoliosis on the patient’s spine, thereby giving the surgeon an edge that those without 3-D technology lack. As a new technology many surgeons who perform scoliosis surgeries may not be aware of this valuable resource as yet. As a patient seeking scoliosis treatment you should ask your surgeon if he is aware of this new innovation and if not he/she should consider it.
These 3-D models are created from the information provided by the patient’s own MRI and CT scans of the affected areas. An advantage of 3-D models is that they identify defects that 2-D images do not, which helps the surgeon do a better job. These models are not generalizations of a patient’s spine, they are exact replica models and accurate to within 1/35th of a millimeter. This is an important innovation as it gives the surgeon the opportunity to actually hold this replica of the scoliosis spine in their hand and allows them the opportunity to do a pre-surgery evaluation and practice the technique prior to actual surgery. When you have scoliosis of the spine, knowing the surgeon you are dealing with stays on top of new technology such as this helps to bring peace of mind when it comes to such a delicate scoliosis operation. These models can be used to help the surgeon explain to you in detail exactly what they are seeing and exactly what will happen during your treatment for scoliosis.
Orthpaedic surgeons who are already using the 3-D models in their own practices are very pleased with the advantages they are experiencing over 2-D imagery. There is a cost reduction to patients of tens of thousands of dollars due to total scoliosis surgery time being reduced 10-15% since the surgeons have the ability to practice the surgery beforehand. There has also been a reduction in patient mortality since the surgeon can locate potential problems ahead of time and plan for them. Patient care can also be optimized now that everyone involved can be made aware of exactly what can be expected and prepared for.
With so many advantages to the patient, it would be to everyone’s benefit if all orthopedic surgeons began using the 3-D model technology developed and marketed by the ACRM Corp. When it comes to something as delicate as your back, you want to know your surgeon is not only highly skilled, but also using the most up-to-date technology available.