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Johns Hopkins researchers develop LevelCheck software to help improve surgical safety

from News-Medical

Because the spine is made up of repeating elements that look alike, surgeons can mistakenly operate on the wrong vertebra. To avoid this, Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a software program that works seamlessly with currently available procedures to assist a surgeon’s determination of which vertebra is which. Results from its first clinical evaluation show that the LevelCheck software achieves 100 percent accuracy in just 26 seconds. Details of the study will appear in the April 15 issue of the journal Spine. more

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