Image-Guided Sinus Endoscopy

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Abstract

Over the last two decades, image guidance has become an essential component of endoscopic sinus surgery. After years of being used primarily within the neurosurgical field, image guidance has been modified to aid otolaryngologists during sinonasal and skull base procedures. While not replacing surgical skills or knowledge of anatomical structures, image guidance allows for greater operative confidence for both novice and expert surgeons. There have been two basic types of image guidance systems used in sinus surgery—an electromagnetic system and an optical system—neither of which has proven far superior to the other. With image guidance now a vital component of sinus surgery, manufacturers continue to advance technology to improve the devices. Image guidance has proven useful across a wide array of pathologies within the sinonasal cavity and skull base region, in both adult and pediatric populations. There have also been several reports on intraoperative image-guided therapy, with both CT-based and MRI-based devices being reported. Image guidance is now state of the art for sinonasal and skull base surgery and a valuable teaching tool for resident training.

Keywords

Cholesterol Sinusitis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OtolaryngologyMontefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA
  2. 2.Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryMontefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA

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