'O-Arm' gives doctors 3D view during surgery

Posted at: 10/15/2013 11:34 AM
By: Britney Glaser, KPLC

(KPLC) -- 3-D images have never been available in the operating room before, but now a large donut-shaped piece of equipment called an "O-Arm" is changing that.

The O-Arm fuses old and new technology to change the way surgeons "see" during delicate operations.

"It allows you to take essentially an intraoperative CT scan and then navigate with it," says neurosurgeon Dr. Brian Kelley.

There is a tiny margin for error in intricate spinal and brain surgeries.

The O-Arm acts like a GPS, tracking surgical instruments in relation to your anatomy and giving the surgeon a better view during surgery.