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The “Bentley” of Intraoperative Imaging is now at St. Catherine—the First and Only on Long Island

January 17th, 2018

For the Long Island population, the Airo® Mobile Intraoperative CT, designed for diagnostic imaging and intraoperative use, is only available at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, New York. St. Catherine of Siena is a member of Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island and is dedicated to one goal—to offer advanced and value-added treatment options for patients. With the addition of the most advanced intraoperative imaging system, the hospital delivers on the promise to provide the best in health care, close to home.

The Airo is designed for use in the Operating Room (OR), and provides diagnostic quality images, giving surgeons more precise and up-to-date anatomical information during surgery for timely and informed decision-making. Utilizing the latest in imaging technology, Airo, the portable 32-slice CT scanner, has the potential to change daily life in the surgical space, offering mobility, flexibility and access to real-time patient images, aiding decision-making in the operating room.

“The Airo mobile CT enables more flexible patient positioning and helps expand the use of intraoperative imaging for a wide range of clinical applications,” said St. Catherine’s Chief of Neurosurgery Magdy Shady, MD. The Airo can be used for cranial, spinal, ear/nose/throat (ENT), head and neck, cranio-maxillofacial (CMF), trauma and orthopedic surgery.

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon Thomas Dowling, MD, and St. Catherine’s Chief of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Hargovind Dewal, MD, were the first physicians to utilize the new equipment during a surgical procedure on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. “With the new imaging equipment, we are able to react intraoperatively to the surgical situation by verifying what has been done after each step, potentially correcting any imperfections during the procedure,” said Dr. Dewal. Concurrently, Dr. Shady and Neurosurgeon Fredrick Harrington, MD, have also begun utilizing the new imaging system.

“As the Chief of Neurosurgery, Dr. Shady, has not only been committed to advancing the Neuroscience Program at St. Catherine of Siena, but has been instrumental in acquiring the revolutionary imaging technology, “ said St. Catherine’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Paul J. Rowland. “And, it is great to have skilled surgeons, including ortho spine specialists like Drs. Dowling and Dewal, pioneering such advanced equipment at a rising community hospital.”

With the new technology surgeons can rely on intraoperative information to ensure that they have achieved the objective of the procedure, rather than wait for post-operative images to verify the results. Verifying one’s work intraoperatively may reduce re-operation rates, decrease overall cost and lead to improved patient care. Intraoperative imaging can also offer patients the benefit of a less-invasive surgical procedure, reduce trauma, faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays. St. Catherine of Siena will use the Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT as the new standard of care, potentially reducing the risk of repeat, or revision, surgery.

Photo: Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons Thomas Dowling, MD, and St. Catherine’s Chief of Ortho Spine Surgery Hargovind Dewal, MD—the first physicians to utilize the new Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT on Long Island at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center—Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

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