Utility of carbon fiber instrumentation in spinal oncology

Nikhil K. Murthy*, Jean Paul Wolinsky

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Spinal oncology has had many advancements often necessitating serial imaging for post-surgical treatment planning and close follow up. Traditional spinal instrumentation introduces artifact into MRI and CT imaging, which can reduce the efficacy of follow up imaging and treatment. Newly created carbon-fiber instrumentation can offer many advantages compared to traditional instrumentation while typically maintaining biomechanical stability. The utility of this new instrumentation continues to evolve as more surgeons utilize these materials, which can improve patient outcomes. We illustrate the utility of this new hardware technology through various patient examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere07766
JournalHeliyon
Volume7
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Carbon fiber
  • Oncology
  • Radiation
  • Reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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