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April 14, 2015

Spinal "GPS" Helps Surgeons Stay on Target

Because the spine's repeating elements look alike, despite careful planning, surgeons can mistakenly operate on the wrong vertebra. Now, NIBIB-funded scientists have developed a software program that clearly labels each vertebra in an X-ray image taken just before a patient's spinal surgery. Results from the first clinical testing of the program showed that the LevelCheck software achieved 100 percent accuracy. Read more in Science Daily.