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Date: 22 Feb 2014

Use of Computer Navigation in Orthopedic Oncology


The use of computer navigation was first described in the surgical resection of pelvic tumors in 2004. It was developed to improve surgical accuracy with the goal of achieving clear resection margins and better oncologic results. During the past few years, there has been tremendous advancement of computer-assisted tumor surgery (CATS) in the field of orthopedic oncology. Currently, CATS with image fusion offers preoperative three-dimensional surgical planning and allows surgeons to reproduce the intended bone resections in musculoskeletal tumors. The technique is reported to be useful in technically demanding resections, such as in pelvic and sacral tumors; joint-preserving intercalated and multiplanar tumor resection; and complex reconstruction with custom computer-aided design prostheses or allografts. This article provides an up-to-date review of the recent developments and key features in CATS, its current status in clinical practice, and future directions in its development.

This article is part of the Topical Collection on Ortho-oncology.