Potential use of computer navigation in the treatment of primary benign and malignant tumors in children

  • Kevan SaidiEmail author
Pediatrics (M Glotzbecker, Section Editor)


The treatment of benign and malignant primary bone tumors has progressed over time from relatively simple practice to complex resection and reconstruction techniques. Recently, computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery (CAOS) has been used to assist surgeons to enhance surgical precision in order to achieve these goals. Initially, software developed for CT-based spinal applications was used to perform simple intraoperative point localization. With advances in technique and software design, oncology surgeons have now performed joint sparing complex multiplanar osteotomies using combined CT and MRI image data with precision and accuracy. The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the clinical progress to date, the different types of navigation available, methods for error management, and limitations of CAOS in the treatment of pediatric benign and malignant primary bone tumors.


Pediatric musculoskeletal oncology Computer assisted orthopaedic surgery Navigation Registration Pediatrics Musculoskeletal 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Division of Orthopaedic SurgeryHealth Sciences North, Northern Ontario School of MedicineSudburyCanada

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