Doctors from Scottish Rite Hospital are in Cape Town, South Africa attending the 24th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), an annual conference sponsored by the Scoliosis Research Society. This three-day international meeting brings together spine surgeons and other medical professionals from around the globe to discuss leading-edge spine research. IMAST allows attendees to discuss and debate the latest spine techniques to ultimately improve patient care.
This year, Scottish Rite Hospital’s Chief of Staff Dan Sucato, M.D., M.S., has been selected to present on the spine team’s most recent work in neuromonitoring for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).This project, “Neuromonitoring for AIS: A 20-year Analysis of AIS Patient Incidence of Critical Changes and Predictive Factors to Define Patients at Risk,” reviews a single institution’s experience of neuromonitoring in spinal deformity surgery in a series of adolescent patients with idiopathic scoliosis in order to describe predictive factors for intraoperative neurologic injury. Authored by Dan Sucato, M.D., M.S., Kiley Poppino, B.S., Alex Thoveson, B.S., Ali Parsa, M.D., Steven Sparagana, M.D., and Patricia Rampy, M.S., C.N.I.M., the presentation is one of the top scoring abstracts at the conference.
The various conferences the hospital attends allow our doctors and researchers to not only share their knowledge, but also learn from fellow medical professionals across the world. “It is a privilege and an honor to be selected to present our research on an international stage,” says Sucato. “Although it brings light to the innovative work we conduct, it is more fulfilling to know that we are bringing better care and treatment to our patients and other children globally.”