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An apparatus and procedures for percutaneous placement of surgical implants and instruments such as, for example, screws, rods, wires and plates into various body parts using image guided surgery. The invention includes an apparatus for use with a surgical navigation system, an attaching device rigidly connected to a body part, such as the spinous process of a vertebrae, with an identification superstructure rigidly but removably connected to the attaching device. This identification superstructure, for example, is a reference arc and fiducial array which accomplishes the function of identifying the location of the superstructure, and, therefore, the body part to which it is fixed, during imaging by CAT scan or MRI, and later during medical procedures.

Title
Percutaneous registration apparatus and method for use in computer-assisted surgical navigation
Application Number
9/148498
Publication Number
6226548 (B1)
Application Date
September 4, 1998
Publication Date
May 1, 2001
Inventor
Michael Sherman
Memphis
TN, US
Anthony Melkent
Memphis
TN, US
John B Clayton
Superior
CO, US
Kevin T Foley
Memphis
TN, US
Agent
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner L
US
Assignee
Surgical Navigation Technologies
CO, US
IPC
A61B 5/05
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