Thanks to generous financial support from
the community, the Alberta Children's Hospital is the first children's hospital
in Canada to have it. It's called the O-Arm and Navigation System, a GPS
imaging device that will allow for better surgical accuracy.
Sixteen-year old Amanda Menyes was one of
the first patients in Calgary to undergo surgery using the O-Arm for a
pronounced twist and curve in her spinal column.
"My rib was sticking out
and my shoulder blade was sticking out so when I would go out in public, people
would come and ask me - what's wrong with your ribs? What's wrong with your
shoulder?" she said.
Doctors say the operation she needed to
correct the deformity is now easier to perform because of the three-dimensional
imaging capability of the O-Arm which the previous technique was not able to