3D Surgical Navigation Technology

Queensland kids with bone cancer will benefit from better outcomes after surgery, thanks to cutting-edge 3D surgical navigation technology.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation has funded the $1.7 million equipment, making the Queensland Children’s Hospital the first in Australia to use the technology in a paediatric cancer setting.

Surgeons are now able to save more of a child’s arm, leg or pelvis, by using the technology to accurately navigate around cancerous bone tumours, helping them to remove less healthy bone and joints located close the tumour. This will give children with bone cancer better function of their affected limb after surgery, and ultimately a better quality of life.

Thirteen-year-old Charlotte Phillips, of Cairns, was one of the first paediatric patients with osteosarcoma to have benefited from the new technology. Charlotte underwent surgery at the Queensland Children’s Hospital to remove the tumour from her humerus bone (upper arm bone) at the shoulder.

Read more about Charlotte’s story and watch the Channel Nine News feature below.

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