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3D Scanner To Help Back Pain

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7:02am 7th June 2014

A ground-breaking 3D scanner could help Cornish patients with back problems beat their pain.

Derriford Hospital is raising money for the high-tech kit that shows surgeons exactly where the problems are.

It scans patients so doctors can do a dry run before the operation really starts.

It should mean quicker, safer procedures.

Shelley May from Truro is one of the first patients to try it. She says the pain has blighted her life: "It will do a CT scan on me whilst I'm on the operating table, once the metal work has been removed he will be able to see exactly what has been in there, what holes are in my bones and vertebrae, it will stop him having to go in blind.

"It's very debilitating, I've found over the years that if you have got a broken leg or arm everybody can see the plaster and it's fine, but with a damaged back nobody can see anything and they just do not realise how it can affect your life."

Tim Germon from the hospital has been using it, he said: "A consequence of this technology, hopefully, it will reduce the size of our incisions, improve our accuracy, reduce the duration of surgery and also reduce the radiation exposure to patients.

"We can do a virtual operation on the 3D image before we do the operation proper, so when we actually do the operation proper we can compare what we are doing with what we aimed to do whilst we were doing the virtual operation."

7:02am 7th June 2014

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