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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-30

Navigation in musculoskeletal oncology: An overview

1 The Oncology Department, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
2 The Oncology Department, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham, West Midlands; School of Health and Life Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Dr. Guy Vernon Morris
The Oncology Unit, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, Bristol Road South, Birmingham B31 2AP, West Midlands
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ortho.IJOrtho_205_17

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Navigation in surgery has increasingly become more commonplace. The use of this technological advancement has enabled ever more complex and detailed surgery to be performed to the benefit of surgeons and patients alike. This is particularly so when applying the use of navigation within the field of orthopedic oncology. The developments in computer processing power coupled with the improvements in scanning technologies have permitted the incorporation of navigational procedures into day-to-day practice. Acomprehensive search of PubMed using the search terms “navigation”, “orthopaedic” and “oncology” yielded 97 results. After filtering for English language papers, excluding spinal surgery and review articles, this resulted in 38 clinical studies and case reports. These were analyzed in detail by the authors(GM and JS) and the most relevant papers reviewed. We have sought to provide an overview of the main types of navigation systems currently available within orthopedic oncology and to assess some of the evidence behind its use.

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