Technology

Willis-Knighton is known for its technology, and technological support is critical for diagnosis of orthopedic conditions.

Digital 3 Tesla MRI

Willis-Knighton was the first in our region to offer the advanced imaging with the 3.0 Tesla Philips Ingenia digital MRI, placing it in the outpatient imaging center at WK Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center.  Advantages are:

  • Ideal for imaging small bones and the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, where the tiniest details are crucial to diagnosis
  • Shorter scan times
  • Stronger magnet strength than 1.5 Tesla MRI
  • Larger opening for maximum patient comfort.

Mazor Robot

The Mazor Robotics surgical guidance system for spine surgery ensures greater accuracy and a high level of safety for patients undergoing spine surgery.  With this technology the surgeon preplans surgery using a CT-based 3D simulation of the patient’s spine. During surgery, the surgeon’s hand and tools are guided with robotic precision to the preplanned location.  Advantages are:

  • Enhanced precision in planning and during surgery
  • Reduction of neurologic risks
  • Reduction of fluoroscopy (radiation) in minimally-invasive procedures

ROSA® Robotic Knee System

The ROSA® Robotic Knee System collects data about your knee before and during the surgery. It is a robotic assistant to your surgeon, helping to assure the custom plan created for your knee is followed. The software is very much like a global positioning system in your car. If your leg moves just a fraction of an inch during the surgery, the sensitive equipment detects the movement and adjusts to it.

This specialized system offers real time information to help surgeons as they operate, assuring precision placement of your knee implant. This is a key factor in assuring your overall comfort and outcome.  Data is continuously provided to the surgeon throughout your procedure.

Patients who have surgery with the ROSA Robotic Knee System enjoy:

  • comfortable joint, precisely placed
  • faster recovery
  • less pain
  • often, a same-day procedure with no overnight hospital stay