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in decreased surgical times, less time under anesthesia for patients and, most importantly, improved outcomes. With it, I'm able to pin- point instruments with 1 to 2 mm of accuracy and confirm their placement visually and radiograph- ically in real time. The technology is perfectly suited for complex primary surgeries or difficult revisions. While image guidance can't replace a surgeon's expertise or knowledge of facial anatomy, it can provide them with added confidence as they watch live images of exactly where their instruments are and where they're headed. Anatomical landmarks that are tracked in real time let surgeons move more precisely and visual- ize anatomy they normally couldn't see before getting into it. They can see what's behind bony walls, evaluate the density of what lies ahead and have the confidence to perform dissections in locations of fine bony anatomy that they may have shied away from before, such as the lamina papyracea (the bone that separates the eye from the sinus- es), the superior ethmoid and the cribriform plate (the bone that sepa- rates the nasal sinuses from the brain). The technology helps skilled physicians navigate around potential trouble, but it can't eliminate complication risks completely. Still, knowing how close your instru- ments are to sensitive areas — and potentially devastating complica- tions — provides an added level of comfort that surgeons truly appre- ciate. Surgeons who use the technology are able to operate with increased 1 0 7 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 | O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery endorses the use of image guidance for: • extensive sino-nasal polyposis • pathology involving the frontal, posterior ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses • disease abutting the skull base, orbit, optic nerve or carotid artery • cerebrospinal fluid or conditions involving a skull-base defect • benign and malignant sino-nasal neoplasms. ENT PROCEDURES 5 Uses for Image- Guided Sinus Surgery

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