Accuracy of robot-assisted placement of lumbar and sacral pedicle screws: a prospective randomized comparison to conventional freehand screw implantation.

@article{Ringel2012AccuracyOR,
  title={Accuracy of robot-assisted placement of lumbar and sacral pedicle screws: a prospective randomized comparison to conventional freehand screw implantation.},
  author={Florian Ringel and Carsten St{\"u}er and Andreas Reinke and Alexander Preuss and Michael Behr and Florian Auer and Michael F. Stoffel and Bernhard Meyer},
  journal={Spine},
  year={2012},
  volume={37 8},
  pages={E496-501}
}
STUDY DESIGN Single-center prospective randomized controlled study. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the accuracy of robot-assisted (RO) implantation of lumbar/sacral pedicle screws in comparison with the freehand (FH) conventional technique. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA SpineAssist is a miniature robot for the implantation of thoracic, lumbar, and sacral pedicle screws. The system, studied in cadaver and cohort studies, revealed a high accuracy, so far. A direct comparison of the robot assistance with… CONTINUE READING