Hospital is first in Kentucky and 10th in the country using Airo technology

Lexington, Ky. (March 17, 2015)— Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, can now use CT technology in the operating room during surgery for timely and informed decision-making. The hospital is the first facility in Kentucky and only the tenth in the U.S. to have this advanced imaging technology within the operating room (OR). 

The Airo® Mobile Intraoperative CT, now in use at Saint Joseph Hospital, has many benefits, including allowing diagnostic-quality intraoperative images while in surgery, which aids in decision-making during surgery.

Airo connects to the facility’s Curve™ Image Guided Surgery system, a GPS-like navigation system for the human body. The CT images are correlated to patient-specific anatomy with the spatial position of the physician’s surgical instruments. 

“Access to intraoperative information is transforming the surgical space and becoming integral to daily life in the operating room,” said Sue Downs, president, Saint Joseph Hospital. “We are proud to be a leader in providing this advanced technology to surgeons in our operating rooms.” 

The intraoperative CT technology can assist surgeons in a wide range of surgical procedures, including cranial, spinal, ear/nose/throat (ENT), head and neck, trauma, orthopedic and general surgery.  

Lexington Clinic neurosurgeons, Matthew Tutt, MD, Robert Owen, MD, and Gabriel Phillips, MD, have already begun utilizing the Airo technology at Saint Joseph Hospital.

Traditional x-rays can be a challenge for some patients with spinal deformities. In the case of a particular patient with rotatory scoliosis, Dr. Tutt was able to use the Airo technology to more precisely place screws and confirm their position within the spine, providing the most optimal outcome for that patient.

“Access to real-time CT images during the surgery allows us to make decisions rapidly,” said Dr. Tutt, Lexington Clinic neurosurgeon. “This helps to both save time and potentially enables greater surgical accuracy. It can offer patients the benefit of a less-invasive surgical procedure and potentially faster recovery times.”

Airo technology will be available at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., also part of KentuckyOne Health, in the coming months. 



Video including b-roll of the technology in the operating room and interviews with Lexington Clinic neurosurgeons Gabriel Phillips, MD, and Matthew Tutt, MD, is available at:


About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.  The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.


About Lexington Clinic Neurosurgery:

Lexington Clinic Neurosurgery has provided neurosurgical care for Central and Eastern Kentucky for more than 55 years.  A team of eight providers work in partnership and represent multiple areas of expertise including spinal surgery and intracranial surgery.  Lexington Clinic is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and is Central Kentucky’s oldest and largest group practice, with more than 225 providers offering primary and specialty care services.  For more information about Lexington Clinic Neurosurgery, visit

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