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South Carolina Spine Center Marks 1,000 Cases With Brainlab Surgical Navigation Intra-operative OR

South Carolina Spine Center Marks 1,000 Cases With Brainlab Surgical Navigation Intra-operative OR

South Carolina Spine Center Marks 1,000 Cases With Brainlab Surgical Navigation Intra-operative OR

(Greenwood, SC, October 20, 2014) – The South Carolina Spine Center, home to the Southeast's first Brainsuite® iCT, announced today its 1000th patient's surgical procedure using this intra-operative technology installed in June 2010.

Self Regional Healthcare was the first health system in the Southeast and the fourth medical facility in the U.S. to offer this leading edge surgical navigation system. Self Regional has one of the busiest intra-operative rooms in the country with the highest volume of Brainsuite usage in the eastern United States, and is the first Brainsuite iCT single operating room to reach 1,000 cases.

The technology allows surgeons to view 3D CT images during surgery to assure placement of pedicle screws and tumor localization with pinpoint accuracy. The space age OR features a CT scanner and a "floating" carbon fiber table designed by Trumpf Medical that allows 360 degree imaging of the patient during surgery. Self Regional utilizes the specialized technology for its South Carolina Spine Center.

"Performing spine surgery using Brainsuite iCT allows precision to the millimeter," said Dr. Sumeer Lal, neurosurgeon and medical director of the South Carolina Spine Center. "I compare it to the difference between taking a trip using a map versus a three-dimensional GPS system. We have a much greater degree of certainty when we leave the operating room, and have CT images to visualize the success of the procedure before the patient ever leaves the operating room."

According to Dr. Lal, Brainsuite iCT is used on many patients who require lumbar fusion or brain surgery.

"Self Regional and Brainlab have partnered together to become an intra-operative technology leader," said Sean Clark, President, Brainlab Inc. "The unity and dedication between the neurosurgeons, hospital administration and other hospital staff has made the Spine Center at Self Regional a nationally recognized institution in advancing surgical technology and helping improve patient outcomes."

About the South Carolina Spine Center

Self Regional Healthcare is home to the South Carolina Spine Center, a program highly regarded for its quality and patient outcomes.

The Self Regional Spine Center provides a full continuum of care for patients with back and neck pain, including nonsurgical injections, physical therapy, patient education and multiple surgical options with invasive technologies.

To reach the SC Spine Center, please call 877-513-SCSC (7272).

About Brainlab

Brainlab, headquartered in Munich, develops, manufactures and markets software-driven medical technology, enabling access to improved, more efficient, less-invasive patient treatments.

Core products center on information-guided surgery technology, radiosurgery, precision radiation therapy, digital operating room integration, and information and knowledge exchange. Brainlab technology currently powers treatments in the fields of neurosurgery, orthopedics, ENT, CMF, spine, trauma and radiology.

Privately held since its formation in 1989, Brainlab has more than 5,000 systems installed in about 95 countries. Brainlab employs 1,200 people in 17 offices worldwide, including 290 Research & Development engineers, who form a crucial part of the product development team.

About Self Regional

Self Regional Healthcare is a not-for-profit, regional referral hospital and healthcare provider that serves residents of Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, Saluda, McCormick, Edgefield, and Newberry with prevention, wellness, acute care and tertiary care services including cancer care, neurosurgery, heart and vascular surgery, NICU, orthopedics and genetics. Self Medical Group is its employed physician affiliate network of 20 practices and more than 60 physicians. Visit www.selfregional.org.