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$1-million state funding for LVH-Muhlenberg imaging device

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Browne (R-16th) announced Nov. 11 that $1 million in state funding will replace imaging equipment at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) - Muhlenberg.

The funds allow Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) to purchase a new Medtronic O-Arm imaging device for use in minimally-invasive spinal surgery. It replaces an older unit no longer in service.

Prior to surgery, the O-Arm takes a 360-degree scan of the spine, providing 3D images, allowing the surgeon to have enhanced and precise visualization of a patient’s anatomy.

This gives a surgeon the most accurate anatomical road map possible for the precision insertion of medical hardware such as screws and rods.

“Funding like this allows us to spread resources even further in all areas of care,” said Brian A. Nester, DO, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, LVHN. “We appreciate the support of Senator Browne and the Commonwealth for leading-edge technology that supports the great work of doctors, nurses and other health professionals across the state.”

“We are fortunate to have outstanding health-care partners, like Lehigh Valley Health Network, in our region,” Browne said. “This project is a prime example of LVHN’s dedication to remaining on the leading edge of medical technology, which has translated into better outcomes for the patients they care for. I am proud to support their efforts in advancing the care options available to our residents.”

LVHN surgeons performed more than 2,000 spinal surgeries last fiscal year, including nearly 1,200 at LVH - Muhlenberg and LVH - Cedar Crest, where O-Arm units are located. “O-Arm imaging is an essential part of our success and great patient outcomes,” Nester said.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Walter Jean, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery, Lehigh Valley Fleming Neuroscience Institute, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg Nov. 11 funding announcement.