Surgical navigation systems are popular tools during sinus and skull base surgery, which allow the surgeon to upload CT...
Medtronic StealthStation Surgical Navigation System
The StealthStation surgical navigation system allows you to see your instrument tip on the screen, which allows a safer and more thorough resection, and can decrease the chances of violating important anatomic structures. Knowledge of precise surgical location is important during skull base surgery, as vital structures such as the brain, carotid arteries, optic nerves, and orbit are all in close proximity.
The CT image uploaded must be fine cut(1mm slices). Image guidance is used to confirm the correct location when resection a portion of the posterior nasal septum, and when drilling away the skull base directly inferior to the pituitary adenoma. Once the adenoma is located, the StealthStation guidance is used to demarcate the extent of skull base that must be resected in order to completely visualize and remove the tumor.