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Memorial Hospital Enters New Era of Spine Surgery

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Memorial Hospital in Yakima has a new way to perform spine surgeries more accurately.

The hospital revealed Wednesday the O-ARM system, which will help surgeons and nurses perform more advanced spine surgeries.

It uses an imaging and navigation system to see inside the spine as an operation is underway.

Doctors said this new system is the first step towards better patient care.

"The best thing to do is technology, coupled with capable hands, you get good results, that translates to safety and accuracy for the patient," said O-ARM Technician, John Lorton.

This new technology now allows doctors to operate to an accuracy of one millimeter to avoid damage to the spinal cord.

Memorial Hospital said this is one of 500 in the United States, and the only one in Eastern Washington.  The next closest O-ARM system is in Seattle.