IMAST 2019: Debating the benefits and risks of spinal navigation


Bernhard Meyer (Munich, Germany) and Henry Halm (Neustadt, Germany) discuss spinal navigation—specifically any increased risk in radiation exposure and if that risk is offset by the potential benefit of an increase in precision of pedicle screw placement.

The two physicians took part in a debate at IMAST 2019 (17–20 July, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) that was designed to examine the pros and cons of spinal navigation. Both surgeons agree that the costs associated with navigation will need to be brought down significantly to see more widespread adoption.

Halm does not believe that spinal navigation confers an advantage for experienced surgeons in the scenario of open repair, but Meyer iterates that his main message focuses on the advantages of the system in the world of minimally invasive treatment, which is still a new world for many.


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