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