European Spine Journal

, 18:546

Reduction of radiation dose during facet joint injection using the new image guidance system SabreSource™: a prospective study in 60 patients

  • Dirk Proschek
  • K. Kafchitsas
  • M. A. Rauschmann
  • A. A. Kurth
  • T. J. Vogl
  • Florian Geiger
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00586-008-0832-5

Cite this article as:
Proschek, D., Kafchitsas, K., Rauschmann, M.A. et al. Eur Spine J (2009) 18: 546. doi:10.1007/s00586-008-0832-5

Abstract

Interventional procedures are associated with high radiation doses for both patients and surgeons. To reduce the risk from ionizing radiation, it is essential to minimize radiation dose. This prospective study was performed to evaluate the effectiveness in reducing radiation dose during facet joint injection in the lumbar spine and to evaluate the feasibility and possibilities of the new real time image guidance system SabreSource™. A total of 60 patients, treated with a standardized injection therapy of the facet joints L4–L5 or L5–S1, were included in this study. A total of 30 patients were treated by fluoroscopy guidance alone, the following 30 patients were treated using the new SabreSource™ system. Thus a total of 120 injections to the facet joints were performed. Pain, according to the visual analogue scale (VAS), was documented before and 6 h after the intervention. Radiation dose, time of radiation and the number of exposures needed to place the needle were recorded. No significant differences concerning age (mean age 60.5 years, range 51–69), body mass index (mean BMI 26.2, range 22.2–29.9) and preoperative pain (VAS 7.9, range 6–10) were found between the two groups. There was no difference in pain reduction between the two groups (60 vs. 61.5%; P = 0.001) but the radiation dose was significantly smaller with the new SabreSource™ system (reduction of radiation dose 32.7%, P = 0.01; reduction of mean entrance surface dose 32.3%, P = 0.01). The SabreSource™ System significantly reduced the radiation dose received during the injection therapy of the lumbar facet joints. With minimal effort for the setup at the beginning of a session, the system is easy to handle and can be helpful for other injection therapies (e.g. nerve root block therapies).

Keywords

Facet joint injection Radiation dose Navigation Fluoroscopy-guided Low back pain 

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© Springer-Verlag 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dirk Proschek
    • 1
  • K. Kafchitsas
    • 2
  • M. A. Rauschmann
    • 2
  • A. A. Kurth
    • 2
  • T. J. Vogl
    • 3
  • Florian Geiger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma SurgeryUniversity Hospital MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma SurgeryFriedrichsheim, University of FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany
  3. 3.Department of Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologyUniversity of FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany

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